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Did global warming kill giant squids
Reuters ^ | 10-11-02

Posted on 10/11/2002 12:21:42 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

LUARCA, Spain (Reuters) - Global warming could be behind the mysterious deaths of giant squid off the north coast of Spain, a marine biologist has said.

Experts at a marine life protection centre in the northern region of Asturias said that of the 40 giant squid recorded in the area since 1962, three had been found in the past month.

"The increased sightings of dead giant squid could be due to various factors, from (military) manoeuvres to pollution and global warming," Angel Guerra, of the Spanish Institute of Scientific Research, told Reuters on Friday as he dissected one of the squid in an attempt to establish why it had died.

The giant squid, the mythical monster of the deep that attacked Captain Nemo's Nautilus in the Jules Verne adventure "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", is believed to lurk in cool waters at a depth of between 600 and 2,300 feet (180-700 metres).

Scientists say warm water will cause a giant squid to rise to the surface and not be able to get back down, which is why they are probably more likely to be found in cooler water.

Giant squid are the world's largest invertebrates which can grow up to almost 60 feet (18 metres) in length and weigh up to two tonnes. No specimen of the creature, whose eyes can be as large as a human head, has ever been studied alive.

One of the giant squid the biologist was cutting up in Luarca was the first male of the species -- also known as Architeuthis Dux -- ever seen so far south.

"The fact that no males had been found here could be due to the abundance of females versus males, and the fact that they live apart until they come together to reproduce in a deep shelf off the coast of Asturias," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: calamari; cryptozoology; giantsquid; globalwarming; kraken; squids
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Squids in the Balance

1 posted on 10/11/2002 12:21:42 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I hope so. They attack submarines! At least in the movies.
2 posted on 10/11/2002 12:22:28 PM PDT by Voltage
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Did global warming kill giant squids . ..can't be, Nadler is still around.
3 posted on 10/11/2002 12:22:49 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It is the cow farts that are killing the squids.
4 posted on 10/11/2002 12:23:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: ChadGore
I almost put Nadler's mug on this post ...
5 posted on 10/11/2002 12:23:57 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: ChadGore

Imagine a world without giant squids...
6 posted on 10/11/2002 12:28:00 PM PDT by WaveThatFlag
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I think global cooling is what killed the squid. The earth is heading towards another Ice Age. We must do everthing in our power to keep it warm.
7 posted on 10/11/2002 12:28:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Ummmm...not to dunk this theory in cold water, but is this only happening in the North Atlantic or is it happening in the southern parts of the Pacific, too? That's the only place scientists have found ANY alive. And they were larvae.
8 posted on 10/11/2002 12:28:35 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
bump
9 posted on 10/11/2002 12:28:45 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
ah...some more ecologist guessing..."could be"?
maybe the lack of males depressed all those females so they offerred themselves up to the spanish calamari gods.
10 posted on 10/11/2002 12:28:56 PM PDT by patriot5186
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Red tide? Anybody know a missing overheated giant squid?
11 posted on 10/11/2002 12:33:37 PM PDT by Ben Bolt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Oh, the humanity! Um, I mean, the squiditity!
12 posted on 10/11/2002 12:37:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

13 posted on 10/11/2002 12:38:33 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Is anyone collecting these giant squid? Properly prepared they can be tasty...

DD
15 posted on 10/11/2002 12:46:50 PM PDT by DiamondDon1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

...and all this time I was blaming Kirk Douglas...
16 posted on 10/11/2002 12:47:11 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; ChadGore
I'll oblige!

17 posted on 10/11/2002 12:53:43 PM PDT by Notforprophet
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
When was the one caught in the picture posted? :)

Over fishing is one main cause. Global Warming is a myth. Nature is simply doing what she has always done and I don't think the squid is being effected; more like competition for food and the needed space from humans...elephants are having the same problem.

18 posted on 10/11/2002 12:59:28 PM PDT by yoe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
We know virtually nothing about these creatures other than the fact that some whales think that they're yummy.

It's a bit early for this kind of speculation.
19 posted on 10/11/2002 1:07:53 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: Desdemona
Lots of dead giant squids are found every year. No one has ever been able to document sighting a live one.
20 posted on 10/11/2002 1:16:49 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Sperm Whales (i believe) eat these things regularly.. when you start seeing sperm whales dying in large numbers, then start believing you anything more than an anomaly.
21 posted on 10/11/2002 1:18:57 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
From the Article:

"...The giant squid, the mythical monster of the deep that attacked Captain Nemo's Nautilus in the Jules Verne adventure 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'..."

What sloppy writing AND thinking. We have actual, physical carcasses of these animal being collected. THEY are NOT "mythical". Captain Nemo and his submarine, however, are both works of fiction. This kind of thing really ticks me off.
22 posted on 10/11/2002 1:19:50 PM PDT by Rebel_Ace
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To: js1138
Lots of dead giant squids are found every year. No one has ever been able to document sighting a live one.

There is a Discovery Channel special which is a documentary of an Australian scientist who DID find archituthus larvae alive off the coast of New Zealand. None survived longer than 48 hours. They tried to keep them alive, but the water temperature and the light seemed to do them in. They dragged nets down hundreds of feet constantly for hours. It was really interesting. No adult has ever been found. That's true.
23 posted on 10/11/2002 1:23:34 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Did global warming kill giant squids?

Naw! But it did increase the world's population of two legged, spineless jellyfish...

24 posted on 10/11/2002 1:25:52 PM PDT by LRS
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To: Rebel_Ace
...y' mean I'm not Capt.Nemo's dog and this isn't his submarine ? Then if this isn't giant squid we're eating...what IS it?!!
25 posted on 10/11/2002 1:28:05 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: Desdemona
I forgot the word adult. I saw the documentary on the search for the giant squid. It's a big ocean out there.
26 posted on 10/11/2002 1:31:10 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
From the evidence you have proffered, I would conclude that the Goron has [a]an incompetent dentist and [b] ongoing and possibly serious cardiovascular problems.
27 posted on 10/11/2002 1:35:56 PM PDT by Bedford Forrest
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Global warming could be behind the mysterious deaths of giant squid off the north coast of Spain, a marine biologist has said

So could Old Age,But that doen't garner as many votes from the IDIOT Caucus.

28 posted on 10/11/2002 1:50:57 PM PDT by HP8753
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I have another theory...

Did Alien Death Lasers Kill Giant Squids

LUARCA, Spain (Reuters) - Alien Death Lasers could be behind the mysterious deaths of giant squid off the north coast of Spain, a marine biologist has said.

Experts at a marine life protection centre in the northern region of Asturias said that of the 40 giant squid recorded in the area since 1962, three had been found in the past month.

"The increased sightings of dead giant squid could be due to various factors, from (military) manoeuvres to pollution and Alien Death Lasers," Angel Guerra, of the Spanish Institute of Scientific Research, told Reuters on Friday as he dissected one of the squid in an attempt to establish why it had died.

The giant squid, the mythical monster of the deep that attacked Captain Nemo's Nautilus in the Jules Verne adventure "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", is believed to lurk in cool waters at a depth of between 600 and 2,300 feet (180-700 metres).

Scientists say warm water will cause a giant squid to rise to the surface and not be able to get back down, which is why they are probably more likely to be found in cooler water.

Giant squid are the world's largest invertebrates which can grow up to almost 60 feet (18 metres) in length and weigh up to two tonnes. No specimen of the creature, whose eyes can be as large as a human head, has ever been studied alive.

One of the giant squid the biologist was cutting up in Luarca was the first male of the species -- also known as Architeuthis Dux -- ever seen so far south.

"The fact that no males had been found here could be due to the abundance of females versus males, and the fact that they live apart until they come together to reproduce in a deep shelf off the coast of Asturias," he said.

29 posted on 10/11/2002 2:30:28 PM PDT by Grit
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To: Grit
All I can say is there was no concern over "global warming" before the French invented the jelly bean.
30 posted on 10/11/2002 2:36:56 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This temperature update presents the NASA satellite measurements of monthly temperature anomalies—the difference between the observed values and the 1979–1998 mean values. Global satellite measurements are made from a series of orbiting platforms that sense the average temperature in various atmospheric layers. Here, we present the lowest level, which matches nearly perfectly with the mean temperatures measured by weather balloons in the layer between 5,000 and 28,000 feet. The satellite measurements are considered accurate to within 0.01°C and provide more uniform coverage of the entire globe than surface measurements, which tend to concentrate over land. August 2002: The global average temperature departure was 0.152°C; the Northern Hemisphere temperature departure was 0.018°C; and the Southern Hemisphere departure was 0.285°C. Below: Monthly satellite temperatures for the Northern Hemisphere (top) and Southern Hemisphere (bottom). Trend lines indicate statistically significant changes only.


31 posted on 10/12/2002 10:08:05 AM PDT by boris
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To: ChadGore
Did global warming kill giant squids?

No!!

32 posted on 10/13/2002 7:00:57 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
These people have *such* an agenda! I mean, it's not like the earth's atmosphere hasn't had any changes these past millenia: i.e. Ice Ages, "mini" Ice Age (1400-1850), areas of global warming (Vikings in Iceland experienced global warming for a few hundred years. "Iceland now has more ICE, snow and colder temps than when the Vikings first settled it."), etc... [Quote taken from "Surviving Galeras" book.]

Also, how do these scientists explain that both Mars and Pluto are ALSO experiencing "global warming"? Last I heard, we haven't been exporting SUV's there yet. Must be the Martians, YEAH, that's it - Martians. Let's blame it all on Marvin...

Seriously, the earth has changed and will continue to do so throughout all time. Doesn't matter what we say or do, we are just along for the ride. Too bad the PC crowd won't realize that. Social Darwinism at work...

33 posted on 10/13/2002 7:23:40 AM PDT by Gemflint
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