Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Monster Squid Grips Racing Yacht?
Discovery ^ | Jan. 16 2003 | Editorial Staff (AFP)

Posted on 02/07/2003 7:57:44 AM PST by vannrox

Monster Squid Grips Racing Yacht?

AFP

Jan. 16 — A French yacht taking part in the Jules Verne round-the-world sailing trophy was gripped by a giant squid for about an hour in the mid-Atlantic, its skipper announced by radio-link.

Veteran yachtsman Oliver de Kersauson, at the helm of the trimaran Geronimo, said the three-hulled boat was hit by strange vibrations on Sunday, so he sent a crew member below deck to try to identify what was wrong. "Suddenly he saw something moving," de Kersauson said. "It was tentacles.



"The squid was pulling really hard, so we put the boat about and when we came to a stop the tentacles let go. We saw it behind the boat, and it was enormous. I have been sailing for 40 years, and I have never seen the like," he said.

Crew member Didier Ragault, who spotted the creature through a port-hole said "the tentacles were as thick as my arm wearing an oil-skin, and I immediately thought of the damage it could do.

"When we saw it behind the boat it must have been seven, eight or nine meters long (ca. 26 feet)," he said.

The giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is the world's largest invertebrate. Although historical records say the animal can reach 18 meters (60 feet) in length and weigh a ton, giant squid expert Steve O'Shea says the biggest squid in the 70 he's seen so far was 40 feet long and weighed about 660 pounds.

The giant squid is also highly elusive, living in very deep water. Only about 250 sightings have been officially recorded — most of them of dead animals on beaches.

The creature used to feature in numerous maritime stories and legends about attacks on ships, notably in Verne's own 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

That's exactly why O'Shea thinks the sailors are having a little fun with the media.

"I am afraid I simply do not believe this story," O'Shea told Discovery News. "The animal resides at great depth. Something latched on to their boat, or got lodged against the rudder perhaps."

O'Shea said: "Whatever it was it was NOT a live giant squid."




Click Here



Copyright 2002 AFP. Click here for restrictions

By visiting this site, you agree to the terms and conditions
of our Visitor Agreement. Please read. Privacy Policy.
Copyright © 2002 Discovery Communications Inc.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blue; boat; calamari; cryptozoology; fish; fright; giantsquid; hack; huge; kraken; lose; loss; lure; monster; ocean; port; quid; race; racing; sail; sport; starbord; terror; unusual; water; yacht
Amazing stuff.
1 posted on 02/07/2003 7:57:45 AM PST by vannrox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Jules Verne? More than amazing. Suspicious!
2 posted on 02/07/2003 7:59:13 AM PST by VadeRetro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
The French would make good squid food.
3 posted on 02/07/2003 8:00:01 AM PST by bmwcyle (Semper Gumby - Always Flexable)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #4 Removed by Moderator

To: vannrox
That's exactly why O'Shea thinks the sailors are having a little fun with the media.

They don't sound like they're joking.
5 posted on 02/07/2003 8:01:27 AM PST by Bigg Red (Defend America against her most powerful enemy -- the Democrats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Isn't it odd that it came so near the surface, if it was a squid? I thought they were only seen at great depths.
6 posted on 02/07/2003 8:03:14 AM PST by Lady Jag (Googolplex Start Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox

7 posted on 02/07/2003 8:03:18 AM PST by isthisnickcool
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Hmmm...

Calamari!

8 posted on 02/07/2003 8:04:42 AM PST by billorites
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
This is what the french get for bombing the Rainbow Warrior.
9 posted on 02/07/2003 8:06:17 AM PST by js1138
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bmwcyle
Yes... Nice and cheesey; just the way Architeuthis like 'em!
10 posted on 02/07/2003 8:09:39 AM PST by Redcloak (Jn th lton t Prvnt the bs of nnssrl Lnght, Vrbs nd Nnsnsl Tg Lns)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Actual photograph of giant squid as taken by crew members!


11 posted on 02/07/2003 8:10:00 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Redcloak
well, that's the thing. it wasn't a squid, it was a moose, and not a giant moose but a chief moose who, searching for a sniper got a skipper instead, and not just any old skipper but a cheese-eating surrender one. all of this was apparently lost when the story was translated; i hope i've clarified it for everyone.

dep

12 posted on 02/07/2003 8:12:02 AM PST by dep
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: dep
What does a squid and a frenchman have in common?

NO SPINE!!!!

13 posted on 02/07/2003 8:15:26 AM PST by McBuff
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Endeavor
ping!
14 posted on 02/07/2003 8:15:55 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Happy people live longer. I plan on living forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Man ! I hate it when a giant squid tries to capture my boat !!!

Seriously, during the Korean war, a giant squid tried to do battle with a US Navy minesweeper. Its tentacles have suction cups with hooks inside them, and it actually managed to penetrate the lighter steel of one of the gun housings : leaving ring-shaped indentations behind. Fortunately, none of the crew were nearby at the moment...

15 posted on 02/07/2003 8:33:52 AM PST by genefromjersey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Why anyone would voluntarily go on the ocean is a mystery to me.

Everything I know about the ocean I learned from Jules Verne. Everything I need to know about the ocean I learned from Jaws.

16 posted on 02/07/2003 8:34:25 AM PST by templar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
I heard an amazing story set during WWII. A ship was torpedoed by the Nazis in the South Atlantic, and a group of men ended up clinging to debris, floating and waiting for rescue. In the darkness, they suddenly saw something black blotting out some of the stars right above them, and several of the men were grabbed by the tentacles of a giant squid.

I don't remeber if any of them were taken down into the sea by the suid, but at least one of the survivors had the tell-tale sucker marks on his skin after the incident.

17 posted on 02/07/2003 8:36:12 AM PST by BushMeister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BushMeister
OOPS! "Suid" = "squid", obviously. I'll try to post a link to the above story if I can find it.
18 posted on 02/07/2003 8:37:40 AM PST by BushMeister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
That's exactly why O'Shea thinks the sailors are having a little fun with the media.

"I wasn't there and I know it couldn't possibly have happened," said the angry O'Shea. "That the non-scientific community would have the nerve to observe phenomena frankly makes me mad enough to scream."

O'Shea also added that any new discoveries or observations that go against predetermined scientific opinion are simply hoaxes, unless perpetrated by the right people.
19 posted on 02/07/2003 8:40:06 AM PST by Goodlife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
And its all true. I swear by my tattoo.
20 posted on 02/07/2003 8:41:31 AM PST by strela (If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you oughta go back home and crawl under your bed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BushMeister
I observed a very large squid tied to the side of a Japanese fishing boat in the port of Yokohama many years ago. I think it had to be at least 25 feet long...
21 posted on 02/07/2003 8:42:49 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: bmwcyle
The French would make good squid food.

I don't think so. Squid like fresh food, not stuff that SMELLS.

22 posted on 02/07/2003 8:45:03 AM PST by Snowy (Tick off a lib -> Work hard, earn lots of money, and be happy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: strela
And its all true. I swear by my tattoo.

Sounds like a whale of a tale.

23 posted on 02/07/2003 8:45:48 AM PST by Snowy (Tick off a lib -> Work hard, earn lots of money, and be happy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: dep
Babblefish sashimi?
24 posted on 02/07/2003 9:00:21 AM PST by Redcloak (Jn th lton t Prvnt the bs of nnssrl Lngth, Vrbs nd Nnsnsl Tg Lns)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
Veteran yachtsman Oliver de Kersauson, at the helm of the trimaran Geronimo, said the three-hulled boat was hit by strange vibrations....."when we came to a stop the tentacles let go"

Guess that there are some things that even a squid won't eat.

25 posted on 02/07/2003 9:09:52 AM PST by wbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
The squid was probably pissed at the french too, otherwise it would have gone for Ellison's boat.
26 posted on 02/07/2003 9:15:39 AM PST by gaucho
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vannrox
It's happened before.

In the late 19th century a giant squid dragged down an 80 foot British yacht in the Indian ocean.
27 posted on 02/07/2003 9:44:30 AM PST by Joseph_CutlerUSA (We're Americans...Cowboys of the Free World.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BushMeister
From what I remember 1 was killed, the second was disfigured by the claws inside its suction cups. After that it was scared away, happened in 1941.

If you want I can probably find some more detailed information, can't atm though.
28 posted on 02/07/2003 9:46:15 AM PST by Joseph_CutlerUSA (We're Americans...Cowboys of the Free World.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Joseph_CutlerUSA
If you do go find it, please ping me. Thank you.
29 posted on 02/07/2003 11:02:33 AM PST by JudyB1938
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Joseph_CutlerUSA
Arrr...call me Ishmael.
30 posted on 02/07/2003 11:49:20 AM PST by ffusco (sempre ragione)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson