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  • Photo in the News: Giant Squid Captured, Filmed for First Time

    12/22/2006 5:50:07 PM PST · by jimtorr · 63 replies · 6,142+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 22 Dec 2006 | Blake de Pastino
    December 22, 2006—Like pulling a shadow from the darkness, researchers in Japan have captured and filmed a live giant squid—likely for the first time—shedding new light on the famously elusive creatures. Tsunemi Kubodera, a scientist with Japan's National Science Museum, caught the 24-foot (7-meter) animal earlier this month near the island of Chichijima, some 600 miles (960 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo (see Japan map). His team snared the animal using a line baited with small squid and shot video of the russet-colored giant as it was hauled to the surface. The squid, a young female, "put up quite a fight"...
  • Jumbo Squid Wash Onto California Beaches

    01/20/2005 7:11:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies · 14,487+ views
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of giant squid are washing up on Orange County beaches, creating a scene more akin to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" than "The O.C." The bug-eyed sea creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, normally reside in deep water and only come to the surface at night. Why approximately 500 of them began washing up on the sands of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach on Tuesday isn't clear. Authorities said the squid - the biggest weighing 17 pounds - might have been pursuing bait fish and gotten too close to shore, or the tides might...
  • A freezer full of giant squid

    11/07/2004 1:02:01 PM PST · by gitmo · 54 replies · 1,488+ views
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2004
    -- When hundreds of giant squid washed up dead on the Long Beach Peninsula last weekend, Dean Marsh knew exactly what to do: He stocked his freezer. "No sense letting them go to waste," said the 57-year-old bait salesman, who planned to cut them up and sell them to fishermen. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Humboldt jumbo flying squid -- typically found off the coast of Mexico -- have washed up on southwest Washington beaches in the past few days, said Greg Bargmann, a marine fish manager with the state Fish and Wildlife Department. What's killing them isn't clear. "They're...
  • They came from the deep: Giant squids taking over the oceans

    08/10/2002 7:56:48 PM PDT · by naine · 23 replies · 1,855+ views ^ | 07 August 2002
    They came from the deep They're big, they're slithery, they're terrifying, they've never been seen alive – and now, it's reported, they're taking over the world, with a greater total weight as a species than the entire human race. Richard Askwith reports on the mysteries of the giant squid, a profoundly elusive creature that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere 07 August 2002 If you were looking for a suitable place to begin the last chapter in the story of mankind's dominance of this planet, you might do worst than choose Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania. Ten miles east of...
  • Scientists Examine Giant Squid Washed Up on Australian Beach

    07/22/2002 3:16:27 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies · 628+ views
    AP ^ | 7-22-02 | AP
    HOBART, Australia (AP) - A giant squid that washed up on an Australian beach could be a previously unknown species, scientists said Monday. The 550-pound creature was found dead Saturday on a beach in Hobart in Tasmania state and was transported Monday to the Tasmanian Museum. Experts were studying its unusual characteristics, which include long, thin flaps of muscle attached to each of its eight arms. "What we've seen on this animal we haven't seen on other squid, and it's a significant feature," said zoologist David Pemberton. "It's basically like having a pile of muscles on your own body that...
  • Rare Photos: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

    09/25/2010 9:17:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Saving It for Later? Eating on the run, a female sperm whale carries the remains of a giant squid off the Bonin Islands, about 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo, on October 15, 2009. The whale almost certainly carried the giant morsel up from the dark depths of the nearby Osagawara Trench, a favorite hunting ground of sperm whales. The whales routinely dive for an hour or more to depths of up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in pursuit of giant squid, which are thought to rarely venture higher than 1,000 feet (300 meters) below sea level. Battles between...

    08/30/2010 10:43:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Express ^ | August 29, 2010 | Stuart Winter
    > Millions of killer giant squid are not only devouring vast amounts of fish they have even started attacking humans. Two Mexican fishermen were recently dragged from their boats and chewed so badly that their bodies could not be identified even by their own families. No wonder the giant squid are called “diablos rojos” – red devils. Monster squid are the stuff of legend. But for fishermen and marine biologists along 10,000 miles of coast from Chile to Alaska, the myth has become reality. And their story is told this week in a Channel Five documentary. >
  • Giant Squid Attacks BP ROV!

    05/28/2010 3:02:07 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 51 replies · 3,611+ views
    Liveleak ^ | 5/2/10
    Oh boy
  • Giant squid invade California

    02/01/2010 8:21:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 34 replies · 3,233+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/2/2010
    Shoals of giant squid are invading the Californian coast, providing rich pickings for fishermen. Giant squid weighing up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms) have swum into waters off Newport Beach and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds. The squid were noticed last week and fishermen started booking twilight fishing trips to catch them the huge creatures. Robert Woodbury, from Newport Landing Sportfishing, told the LA Times that the anglers come in two main types: those hungry for the relatively pricey delicacy, and the sports angler eager to tangle with a feistier sea creature. "Most of the fish...
  • RARE PHOTOS: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

    11/02/2009 1:17:43 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 13,849+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | October 29, 2009--
    Carrying the remains of a roughly 30-foot (9-meter) giant squid in her jaws, a female sperm whale, with a calf at her side, swims near the surface off Japan's Bonin Islands (map)in the northwestern Pacific. Taken on October 15, this and other "absolutely sensational" new pictures offer rare proof of the sperm whale's taste for giant squid, said giant squid expert Steve O'Shea of the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. The pictures may also reveal that adult sperm whales, which grow up to 59 feet (18 meters) long, use pieces of their prizes to teach youngsters how to...
  • Giant Squid Hitches Free Ride to the Marquesas

    01/19/2007 9:08:42 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 46 replies · 5,983+ views
    Cruising World ^ | 09 Jan 2007 | Michael Lovett
    In the summer of 2004, Beth and Ken Cone boarded their Sundeer 60 Eagles Wings in their home port of Waukegan, Illinois, sailed across the Great Lakes and out the St. Lawrence Seaway, and have been cruising the world ever since. The latest post on their website,, concerns an episode of underbody sabotage attributed to one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep, the giant squid. While visiting Papeete, Tahiti, the Cones met up with their old cruising pal, Shigeo Kitano, whose progress on a recent passage from the Galopagos to the Marquesas had been impeded by an...
  • Japanese scientists herald live giant squid footage

    12/22/2006 7:16:30 AM PST · by pajama pundit · 27 replies · 3,147+ views
    Terradaily ^ | Dec 22, 2006
    TOKYO, Dec 22 (AFP) Japanese scientists Friday released what they say could be the first live video footage of the elusive giant squid, exposing some of the creature's underwater secrets. Scientists of the National Science Museum said they succeeded in catching a deep-sea giant squid at a depth of 640 meters (2,112 feet) on December 6 in the North Pacific Ocean, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo. "As the video movie shows, the giant squid struggled furiously to escape the catch by spouting water from its funnel. This means they can actually swim pretty fast, in addition to...
  • Scientists capture giant squid on camera

    09/27/2005 5:24:09 PM PDT · by SinisterDexter · 87 replies · 5,672+ views
    Reuters - YAHOO! ^ | 9/27/05 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have taken the first photographs of one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- the giant squid. Until now the only information about the behavior of the creatures which measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets. But Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo have captured the first images of Architeuthis attacking bait 900 meters (yards) below the surface in...
  • Finding Bigfoot: Live Thread Sunday @ 10PM

    01/06/2013 6:59:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    The team travels to the country's most notorious hotspot for sasquatch activity to investigate howls recently recorded by the local BFRO. With the aid of high tech thermal equipment, the team sets off to prove bigfoots call Washington state home.
  • Mysterious Attacks Leave Livestock Earless in Kentucky

    12/21/2012 9:34:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/20/12 | Stephanie Pappas
    An unknown animal is attacking, but not eating, livestock in Kentucky, leaving many of the victims with gnawed or detached ears. According to WAVE News, the attacks have been ongoing for several weeks in Shelby County, Ky. At least five goats have had to be put to sleep due to their injuries, and a goat named Polka-dot has been left with just one ear. Kevin Cox, the local farmer who owns Polka-dot, has also had several of his bulls attacked, he told the news organization. Kentucky officials are investigating, but there's no word yet on the culprit in the attacks....
  • Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK (North Korea Discovers Secret Unicorn Den)

    11/30/2012 12:28:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Korean Central News Agency ^ | November 29 2012 Juch 101 | Korean Central News Agency
    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA: "Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to...
  • Bizarre Muppet-Like Beast Discovered in Namibia

    11/20/2012 2:46:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | November 20, 2012 | Inquisitr
    In the south African nation of Namibia, a bizarre muppet-like beast has been shot and killed. Unlike its distant relatives — the abominable snowman, bigfoot, and the chupacabra — this one has been caught on film. Locals in Namibia were escorting a shooting party through the country when they found the body of the strange muppet-like beast, and they picked it up and brought it back to the town with them, according to the Telegraph. Witnesses to the event said that locals saw the creature scavenging for food. One member of the shooting party shot and wounded the beast, and...
  • Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach

    11/06/2012 11:46:52 AM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05 Nov 12 | Jon Bardin
    Not one but two specimens of the world’s rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The species, called the spade-toothed beaked whale, is so rare that before the find researchers weren't even sure if it still existed. The two whales washed up on Opape Beach in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. At first scientists thought they were examples of a much more pedestrian species, the Gray’s beaked whales, which are the most commonly beached whales in the region. But after undertaking a DNA...
  • Hikers Take Flight When What They Thought Was a Bear Resembles Bigfoot(Most Convincing Video Ever)

    11/04/2012 8:49:53 PM PST · by lbryce · 74 replies
    Grind TV ^ | November 4, 2012 | Pete, Thomas
    When the black bear you think you're looking at from a safe distance suddenly stands and begins to resemble bigfoot, and that creature stares directly at you, how do you react? The hikers who captured the accompanying footage recently in Utah's Provo Canyon seemed to act appropriately: They bolted through the woods, with the camera still running, to get as far away from the creature as possible. "We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and everything behind. It's probably all still up there," states Beard Card, the YouTube user who posted the video. This is...
  • Cops: Man Says Bigfoot Behind Winnebago Attack

    10/19/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 19, 2012
    Amazingly, "victim" happens to head sasquatch hunters group OCTOBER 19--A Pennsylvania man today told police that a Bigfoot attacked his 1973 Winnebago motor home, smashing out windows and taillights with a fusillade of rocks.