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Trawler nets giant squid
BBC ^ | 01/14/02 | BBC

Posted on 01/14/2002 6:53:45 AM PST by Arkle

A giant squid has been netted off the UK coast for the first time in 15 years.

The 3.15-metre-long (10.3 feet) creature, caught by an Aberdeen-based trawler, will be a star feature at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Devon.

The squid, believed to be female and three years old, did not survive being brought to the surface. It is thought it would have stretched to about 5.5m in length if it still had its two feeding tentacles, which were lost when it was caught. The creature's beak could cut steel cable.

After DNA tests have been conducted, the squid will be preserved in formaldehyde and displayed in its own custom-made tank in the Creatures Of The Deep area of the aquarium's new Ocean Discovery Zone. The facility will open to the public in May.

"Giant squid are incredibly rare and scientists have never seen one alive," said Doug Herdson, information officer of the National Marine Aquarium. "They live in very deep waters, at about 500 metres and below, and provide fodder for the sperm whale.

In 1987 a giant squid washed up on the shores of the Shetland Islands. Others are known from New Zealand and Newfoundland, and a giant squid featured in the Jules Verne novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The aquarium will conduct a number of scientific investigations, in conjunction with experts from the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth, prior to the squid going on display.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: calamari; cryptozoology; giantsquid; kraken

1 posted on 01/14/2002 6:53:46 AM PST by Arkle
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To: Arkle
Kind of an ugly sucker eh?
2 posted on 01/14/2002 7:08:38 AM PST by 2111USMC
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To: Arkle
“Giant” seems a bit hyperbolic. It’s a “really big” squid, though.
3 posted on 01/14/2002 7:11:54 AM PST by dead
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To: Arkle
wonder how plates of calmare it would have made

randystone

4 posted on 01/14/2002 7:13:49 AM PST by randystone
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To: Arkle
Usually when I read stories on FR about bottom-feeders, I expect to see some prominent Democrat's name.
5 posted on 01/14/2002 7:14:37 AM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: Cachelot; RightWhale
Comments?

Hungry?


6 posted on 01/14/2002 7:16:35 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Arkle
Just another news item with the typical animal-rights slant. Notice how there is no mention (other than the photo) of the late fisherman (possibly a highway worker given his outfit) who was also brought up in the net...
7 posted on 01/14/2002 7:17:14 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Arkle
Calimari anyone?
8 posted on 01/14/2002 7:18:31 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: Central Scrutiniser
What kind of fodder do they provide for Sperm whales?
10 posted on 01/14/2002 7:36:05 AM PST by katykelly
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To: katykelly
tasty fodder, I'd imagine
11 posted on 01/14/2002 7:38:03 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Arkle
A giant squid...

Aw, Captain Nemo saw "giant" squids. The one pictured here is really tiny. ;-D

13 posted on 01/14/2002 7:41:20 AM PST by GingisK
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Dang; ya beat me!
14 posted on 01/14/2002 7:43:51 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Arkle
This could make a very interesting episode of Iron Chef!
15 posted on 01/14/2002 7:45:43 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: randystone
Now what we need is some giant garlic and a giant can of tomato sauce.
16 posted on 01/14/2002 7:46:29 AM PST by oldsalt
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To: Sabertooth
Caption to top photo:

"Blimey, its like being back with me ex-wife."

17 posted on 01/14/2002 7:49:18 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sabertooth
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Mmmm?? That little snack thing is a "giant"? Of course, after the silly English have finished smothering it in formaldehyde it won't even be a snack.

18 posted on 01/14/2002 7:52:50 AM PST by Cachelot
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"Blimey, its like being back with me ex-wife."

Sort of.

Ex-wives are universally known to have prefferred the "starfish position." No discernible movement whatsoever.


19 posted on 01/14/2002 7:53:12 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
Notice how there is no mention (other than the photo) of the late fisherman (possibly a highway worker given his outfit) who was also brought up in the net...

That one made me guffaw out loud at work. Thanks.

20 posted on 01/14/2002 7:56:08 AM PST by dead
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To: dead
The one that washed up on the beach was much bigger. These things can have arms 50ft long at full growth. They live deep. Very deep.
21 posted on 01/14/2002 8:00:15 AM PST by ImaGraftedBranch
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To: Arkle
Man, that makes me hungry!
22 posted on 01/14/2002 8:06:05 AM PST by Physicist
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To: Arkle
Giant squid are on the increase as there's a sucker born every minute.
23 posted on 01/14/2002 8:10:10 AM PST by fish hawk
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To: Cachelot
Of course, after the silly English have finished smothering it in formaldehyde it won't even be a snack.

And I thought I was familiar with most methods of English cooking... ;-)

24 posted on 01/14/2002 8:17:56 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sabertooth
Calimari ;o)

Saute'd in garlic butter with a hint of rosemary works well. Could feed an army with this puppy!

25 posted on 01/14/2002 8:19:47 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: Arkle
The creature's beak could cut steel cable.

But evidently not a fishing net.

26 posted on 01/14/2002 8:29:48 AM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: homeschool mama
The Discovery Channel had a special on the giant squid where the scientist who actually prepared part of a giant squid, as a one would normal edible squid, reported that it had an awfull ammonia taste. Further investigation into the biochemistry of the giant squid pretty well established that any idea of making these things meals would be pretty yucky (to us anyway). gdc314
27 posted on 01/14/2002 8:31:06 AM PST by gdc314
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To: gdc314
I know ...awfull should be awful...
28 posted on 01/14/2002 8:33:28 AM PST by gdc314
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
LOL!
29 posted on 01/14/2002 8:35:39 AM PST by sphinx
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To: gdc314
Bummer.

;o)

30 posted on 01/14/2002 8:47:56 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: Arkle
Bread that sucker, deep fry it in olive oil, and get some tangy tomato dipping sauce. A few gallons.
31 posted on 01/14/2002 8:53:05 AM PST by finnman69
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To: finnman69
...and then serve it in Guantanamo.
32 posted on 01/14/2002 8:54:03 AM PST by finnman69
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To: Arkle
McCoy: "It's DEAD Jim"

Kirk: "Can you do someth..."

McCoy: "I'm a DOCTOR, not a veteranerian"

33 posted on 01/14/2002 8:55:09 AM PST by muleskinner
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To: dead
Then how do you explain "Jumbo" Shrimp?
34 posted on 01/14/2002 8:57:05 AM PST by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: Arkle
Isn't that the same squid that used to be on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?
35 posted on 01/14/2002 8:59:34 AM PST by lds23
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To: Sabertooth
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"Got Squid?"

36 posted on 01/14/2002 9:03:18 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot
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To: Arkle
question

- whos the squid layin next to the squid? - how does one get the job of human yardstick (keep the answers clean)

Does someone have another photo of the squid? because it bears a striking resemblance to this, a junior Senator from NY


37 posted on 01/15/2002 7:23:40 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: gdc314
it had an awfull ammonia taste

Not surprised - It was probably not handled properly - now any worthwhile cook knows you need to clean them immediately, rinse them in freshwater and slice thinly , if you expect them to taste halfway decent - I prefer them myself in a thin Marinara over Linguine with some high dollar olive oil & garlic. Followed with a heel of italian bread and some room temperature imported provolone cheese with prosciutto & melon.

Can someone suggest a wine ?

38 posted on 01/15/2002 7:29:05 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: ImaGraftedBranch
I heard somewhere that the deep sea battle between the squid and spermwhale is one of the fiercest in nature.
39 posted on 01/15/2002 7:29:23 AM PST by cardinal4
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