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Colossal squid a formidable customer (Something evil comes this way alert)
The New Zealand Herald ^ | 040303 | PAULA OLIVER

Posted on 04/03/2003 2:07:08 PM PST by Archangelsk

Colossal squid a formidable customer
03.04.2003 - By PAULA OLIVER

It has eyes as big as dinner plates, swivelling, razor-sharp hooks and a taste for anything that swims by.

A colossal squid, a creature previously thought to lurk only deep in the world's coldest oceans, has been caught on the surface of the Ross Sea by a group of fishermen.

The exact point where the sea monster was found is being kept secret, but it appears that the fishermen were pulling in their catch when they noticed that something large was attacking the fish.

"They knew they were on to something pretty special," said Dr Steve O'Shea, a senior research fellow at Auckland University of Technology. "I've seen 105 giant squid, but I've never seen anything like this before."

Word of the find travelled fast and yesterday Dr O'Shea was poring over the rare specimen at the Te Papa research lab in central Wellington.

Only six specimens of the so-called colossal squid have been found - five of them inside the stomachs of sperm whales.

Never before has such a large, intact specimen been pulled up. "It's a true monster of the deep. This thing leaves the giant squid for dead. It would kill you if you fell in," said Dr O'Shea.

The specimen's mantle, or cylindrical body, measures 2.5m. With its arms and tentacles stretched out its length is between 5m and 6m.

Colossal squid, or Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, is an extremely aggressive squid that chases large prey such as Patagonian toothfish. It has razor-sharp hooks on the inside of its tentacles that can swivel, so when it catches something it twists and shreds it to pieces.

It also uses two large, sharp beaks to eat, and has fins to push it quickly through the ocean.

Sperm whales eat the species, but a whale washed up on the Mahia Peninsula recently showed evidence of gouges and cuts from a battle with a squid.

Scientists have known for some time that the species existed in the deep, cold ocean south of New Zealand, but they are surprised that this one was found on the surface.

Dr O'Shea said the formidable squid has the largest eyes in the animal kingdom.

The specimen is an immature female and although it is difficult to predict how large it could get, Dr O'Shea said he would expect it to reach one-and-a-half times its present size.

"I'm not exaggerating. This is a killer squid. From a science point of view, this is absolutely priceless."

The specimen will be preserved whole and could eventually be put on display, possibly at Te Papa.

Dr O'Shea said the find showed that the colossal squid was lurking further north than previously thought.

Killer squid

* The colossal squid caught in the Ross Sea weighed 150kg and is only the second intact specimen found.

* It is a carnivorous killer that aggressively chases its prey.

* It is larger, quicker and more formidable than a giant squid.

* The creature is known to eat large fish like the Patagonian toothfish, while it is itself eaten by sperm whales.

* It uses long tentacles lined with razor-sharp hooks to capture its prey.

* The species has the largest eyes of any animal.

A picture of this nasty customer



TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: calamari; colossalsquid; cryptozoology; giantsquid; kraken; nz; razor; sharp; teeth
Something completely different. (Can Carcharodon megalodon be far behind)?
1 posted on 04/03/2003 2:07:08 PM PST by Archangelsk
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To: Archangelsk
Colossal squid a formidable customer (Something evil comes this way alert)


2 posted on 04/03/2003 2:09:22 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Archangelsk
Look, it's Hillary Clinton on a table!
3 posted on 04/03/2003 2:09:29 PM PST by finnman69
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To: Archangelsk
Imagine the stir that would create!

Of course we could hope for a pack of Velociraptors

4 posted on 04/03/2003 2:10:06 PM PST by sauropod (If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: Paul Atreides
Eeewwwwwwww!
5 posted on 04/03/2003 2:10:24 PM PST by sauropod (If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: Doctor Raoul
Sid Blumenthal ping!
6 posted on 04/03/2003 2:10:48 PM PST by sauropod (If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy...)
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To: sauropod
I wouldn't hope for that on my death bed. :-)
7 posted on 04/03/2003 2:10:54 PM PST by Archangelsk (This war is not run solely by a half a dozen bookworms.)
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To: Paul Atreides
What's up with the Danny DeVito screenshot?
8 posted on 04/03/2003 2:12:05 PM PST by Frank_Discussion (Time is the fire in which we burn...)
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To: Archangelsk

9 posted on 04/03/2003 2:15:01 PM PST by SGCOS
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To: Paul Atreides
Thank you for ruining my dinner
10 posted on 04/03/2003 2:19:14 PM PST by sticker
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To: Archangelsk
Hmmm,

Loathsome, slimy, appalling habits, no backbone.

Has the DNC heard about this yet? Maybe the squid is available in 2004....

11 posted on 04/03/2003 2:21:59 PM PST by Texas dog
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To: Archangelsk
Hold muh Tobasco alert!
12 posted on 04/03/2003 2:22:31 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: Archangelsk
The specimen's mantle, or cylindrical body, measures 2.5m

Mmmmmm......that would take a hell of a deep-frier....15-foot calamari rings.

13 posted on 04/03/2003 2:22:46 PM PST by Monti Cello
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To: Archangelsk
Something evil comes this way alert

I like your tagline...but wanted to make sure that Ray Bradbury ("The Illustrated Man",
etc., etc.) get the real credit.

A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes
is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway,
and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a
"dark carnival" one Autumn midnight.


Although I haven't heard him on the radio for a few years, Bradbury did show up
for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books a while back.
14 posted on 04/03/2003 2:23:54 PM PST by VOA
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To: Archangelsk
Paging Peter Benchley......


15 posted on 04/03/2003 2:24:58 PM PST by Houmatt (Call Ashcroft and demand he enforce the laws on treason, sedition and sabotage!!!)
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To: Archangelsk
Maybe the Air Force should drop that thing on Mohammeds son-in-laws mosque.

"Achmed, you come for dinner. We're serving calamari"

16 posted on 04/03/2003 2:25:38 PM PST by SGCOS
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To: VOA
To truly give credit where it's due, give it to Billy Shakespeare, who penned it for one of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth.
17 posted on 04/03/2003 2:27:16 PM PST by DryFly
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To: Paul Atreides
IT'S A MAN, BABY!!!

...And look at that hideous hook used to sneer at her prey...

18 posted on 04/03/2003 2:33:46 PM PST by J. Semper Paratus
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To: Archangelsk
This monster apparently has only one natural predator. We must NOT allow that predator's population to be decimated, unless we're prepared to have these things overrunning the world's oceans, eating everything in sight (like deer in much of the U.S.).
19 posted on 04/03/2003 2:37:16 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: DryFly
To truly give credit where it's due, give it to Billy Shakespeare, who penned it for
one of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth.


Thanks for the tip.
My only (lame) excuse is a late Sixties/early Seventies public school education...
too much short story and "contemporary literature"...not enough of
The Classics.

But thank heavens I didn't go to an Ivy League school or I'd have been totally ruined!
20 posted on 04/03/2003 2:49:15 PM PST by VOA
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To: Archangelsk
Read the books "Meg" and the sequal "The Trench" by Steve Alten. Great books about the Megalodon set in present time. This author is great, better then Michael Criton.
21 posted on 04/03/2003 2:49:26 PM PST by A Texan (Lets finish the game.)
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To: Archangelsk
Ia ia! Cthulhu fthagn!
22 posted on 04/03/2003 3:09:59 PM PST by Duke Nukum ([T]he only true mystery is that our very lives are governed by dead people.)
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To: Archangelsk
Does it wear a black pantsuit?
23 posted on 04/03/2003 3:44:38 PM PST by MonroeDNA (An American Black Muslim traitor, acting on his religeous beliefs, tried to take out the top brass)
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To: Archangelsk
"eyes as big as dinner plates, swivelling, razor-
sharp hooks and a taste for anything that swims by."

Sounds like some gold-diggers I've met.
24 posted on 04/03/2003 3:49:25 PM PST by APBaer
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To: MonroeDNA
Yummy calamari!!

MoRE SAUCE!

MORE GARLIC!

25 posted on 04/03/2003 3:50:14 PM PST by GRRRRR (Is Baghdad Burning Yet...)
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To: Duke Nukum

26 posted on 04/03/2003 7:09:34 PM PST by Archangelsk (This war is not run solely by a half a dozen bookworms.)
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To: Paul Atreides
my eyes...my eyes...Please, warn us...BTW, What's that smell? :)
28 posted on 04/03/2003 8:05:34 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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To: headsonpikes
Hold muh Tobasco alert!

Ya need something stonger than that...Inferno, Habanero HOT sauce... :)

29 posted on 04/03/2003 8:09:47 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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