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  • Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

    10/14/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 52 replies
    http://www.cnet.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A two-man Greenpeace submarine has been attacked by squids on an expedition in the Bering Sea -- and all the gory details were captured in a Vine.
  • Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore -Alarms Sound Over Radioactive Gigantism

    01/09/2014 12:48:26 PM PST · by diverteach · 104 replies
    The Lightly Braised Turnip ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Butch Witt
    For the second time in recent months, a giant sea creature has washed ashore in California. First it was a rare oarfish that had grown to a freakish 100-foot length. This time it was a giant squid measuring a whopping 160 feet from head to tentacle tip. These giants look different but experts believe they share one important commonality: they both come from the waters near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in the Futaba District of Japan. Scientists believe that following the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant an unknown number of sea creatures suffered genetic...
  • New video of ‘Kraken’ in natural habitat released (giant squid)

    01/24/2013 3:13:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2013
    Discovery Channel has released the first clip from its upcoming documentary about the elusive giant squid, which can grow to a monstrous 26 feet in length and is likely the source of the Nordic legend of the kraken. Discovery Channel will air the footage -- the first time the giant squid has ever been seen in its underwater habitat -- in the special “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real,” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Giant Ocean Monster caught on the BP oil spill camera

    05/24/2010 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 22 replies · 2,084+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    We continue to hold BP responsible as the responsible party. But we are on them, watching them! This is how Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the federal involvement in cleaning the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico today. No kidding! The Obama administration is doing exactly this: watching BP from the sidelines. In fact we are all watching. There is a camera next to the crack in the pipe and we all are watching live deadly oil gushing into the ocean. As a teen I used to look for the Loch Ness monster on the live...
  • Deep-sea monster caught on tape (with photo)

    04/03/2003 10:00:51 PM PST · by Brett66 · 35 replies · 1,204+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/4/03 | Kathleen Wren
    Deep-sea monster caught on tape WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 — A ghostly, 23-foot-long creature glides through the deep sea, its gossamer fins billowing against the black water. Its arms, more than half its total length, trail behind like delicate threads. The squid doesn’t react right away to the submarine’s approach, but it shoots away into the dark once the sub gets too close. Researchers have captured scenes like this on videotape eight times, in four different oceans, within recent years. That’s quite a lot of exposure for an animal that no one has reported seeing before. USING THIS FOOTAGE, an international...
  • VIDEO: Jumbo squid invade San Diego shores, spook divers

    07/16/2009 1:58:38 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,370+ views
    hosted ^ | E-Mail | Print | Save | Post | Get Photos | Get Reprints | Reuse Options | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Thousands of jumbo flying squid - aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles - have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.
  • World's biggest squid reveals 'beach ball' eyes

    04/30/2008 1:23:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 140+ views
    afp on yahoo ^ | 4-30-08 | David Brooks
    WELLINGTON (AFP) - The largest squid ever caught began to reveal its secrets Wednesday, including beach ball-sized eyes that scientists said were the biggest known in the animal kingdom. The 495-kilogram (1,090-pound) colossal squid -- accidentally caught by a fishing boat in Antarctic waters in February 2007 -- is slowly thawing under the fascinated gaze of a team of scientists at the Museum of New Zealand. While defrosting took longer than expected Wednesday, one of the earliest revelations were eyes measuring 27 centimetres (11 inches) across with lenses of 10 to 12 centimetres in diameter. In comparison, a human eye...
  • Giant Kraken Lair Discovered

    10/10/2011 6:55:25 AM PDT · by decimon · 54 replies
    Geological Society of America ^ | October 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Boulder, CO, USA - Long before whales, the oceans of Earth were roamed by a very different kind of air-breathing leviathan. Snaggle-toothed ichthyosaurs larger than school buses swam at the top of the Triassic Period ocean food chain, or so it seemed before Mount Holyoke College paleontologist Mark McMenamin took a look at some of their remains in Nevada. Now he thinks there was an even larger and more cunning sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs: a kraken of such mythological proportions it would have sent Captain Nemo running for dry land. McMenamin will be presenting the results of his...
  • Shocktopuss! Horrifying moment squid comes back to life and jumps off plate

    08/07/2011 2:16:37 PM PDT · by Maceman · 26 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 6, 2011
    A restaurant has created a dish, named Odori don - literally meaning dancing squid rice bowl - by adding soy sauce to a fresh squid. Video here. (Scroll down the page to see the video).
  • Scientists Discover Bizarre Deep Sea Creatures

    07/15/2010 11:11:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | July 15th, 2010
    Australian scientists have discovered never-seen-before prehistoric marine life in the depths of the ocean below the Great Barrier Reef, the University of Queensland said Wednesday. Ancient “six-gilled” sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many unidentified fish – all of which look worthy of a science-fiction film – were among the astounding marine life caught on camera some 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) below sea level. The team, led by Justin Marshall, also collected footage of the Nautilius, a relative of the octopus that still lives in a shell as they have done for millions of years. Team members used...
  • Massive Squid Washes Up on Beach in Quake Aftermath

    07/12/2009 8:07:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 43 replies · 3,621+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12:48 PM PDT, Sun, Jul 12, 2009 | MICHELLE WAYLAND
    Jumbo Humboldt squid wash up minutes after 4.0 earthquake hit off the coast of La Jolla It was an odd start to the morning in La Jolla. First residents were jolted out of bed at 7.34 a.m. by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out to sea. First residents were jolted out of bed by an earthquake, which is not uncommon in San Diego, but what happened just minutes later was a little fishy. “I was having coffee up on the balcony and I felt it shaking,” Kate Lutkemeier said. She wasn’t the only one. “I heard...
  • Curious creature caught off Keahole Point

    07/05/2007 5:37:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 66 replies · 2,595+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | 7-5-07 | Brittany P. Yap
    "The animal, dubbed an "octosquid," is found off the Big Isle"
  • The world’s largest colossus squid fished in Antarctica

    02/22/2007 12:39:52 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 13 replies · 5,671+ views
    MercoPress (Uruguay) ^ | 22 Feb 2007 | Staff
    An adult specimen of the world’s largest known squid was hauled to the surface by a New Zealand longliner fishing for toothfish in Antarctic waters. The creature, known as a colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) and with eyes the size of a car tire weighed an estimated 450 kilograms. The squid was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep by the vessel San Aspiring. "It is likely that it is the first intact adult male colossal squid to ever be successfully landed," Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said today. "The scientific community will be very interested in this...
  • Big blob baffles boffins(New Species Discovered?)

    07/01/2003 11:19:25 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 18 replies · 352+ views
    The Age (AU) ^ | July 2 2003
    Big blob baffles boffins July 2 2003 Chilean scientists were baffled today by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen. The dead creature was mistaken for a beached whale when first reported about a week ago, but experts who went to see it said the 40-foot-long (12-metre) mass of decomposing lumpy grey flesh apparently was an invertebrate. "We'd never before seen such a strange specimen, We don't know if it might be a giant squid that is missing some of its parts or maybe it's...
  • Science in Search of the Low Rumble

    10/14/2002 8:20:25 PM PDT · by pistola · 3 replies · 56+ views
    BBC News, World Edition, Science/Nature ^ | Wednesday, 9 October, 2002, 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK | Julian Trick
    Science in Search of the Low Rumble Infrasound can be used to communicate over thousands of km The study of low frequency sound is giving science new perspectives on the natural world as well as helping to develop novel weapons technologies. Julian Trick reports. Sound waves so low in frequency that the human ear cannot detect them may be behind ghostly sightings and haunted buildings. Human ears detect sounds in the frequency range of about 20 to 20,000 Hertz, or cycles per second. Anything below 20 Hz is defined as infrasound, which although not heard, is experienced in the form...
  • Giant sea specimen baffles scientists

    07/02/2003 5:24:45 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 45 replies · 849+ views
    SANTIAGO, Chile - Fishermen found the 39-foot-long carcass of a sea creature on a beach in the south of Chile, and conservation specialists were trying to determine if it was an octopus. The creature, believed to be of the species octopus giganteus, was found near Los Muermos, 683 miles south of Santiago. The remains weigh about 13 tons. Elsa Cabrera, of the Cetacean Conservation Center, said that similar animals have been found recently in New Zealand. Cabrera, who is a specialist in submarine photography, took samples of the creature to send to Italy, France and the United States to determine...
  • Sounds from the deep baffle scientists

    06/12/2002 7:52:44 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 36 replies · 174+ views
    http://www.ananova.com/ ^ | Story filed: 03:47 Thursday 13th June 2002
    Sounds from the deep baffle scientists Mysterious giant beasts may lurk in the darkest depths of the ocean, making whale-like noises that are baffling scientists. Researchers have nicknamed the strange unidentified sound picked up by undersea microphones "Bloop". While it bears the varying frequency hallmark of marine animals, it is far more powerful than the calls made by any creature known on Earth. In 1997, Bloop was detected by sensors up to 3,000 miles apart, New Scientist magazine reports. One suggestion is that the sound is coming from giant squid, which live at extreme depths of up to two and...
  • Jumbo Flying Squid Washing Up On San Diego Beaches - El Nino May Be To Blame

    07/25/2002 3:01:06 PM PDT · by Shermy · 47 replies · 2,811+ views
    TheSanDiegoChannel ^ | July 25, 2002
    SAN DIEGO -- Hundreds of squid are washing up on La Jolla Coves beaches as a result of warm El Nino weather patterns, 10News reported. Video - Calamari Anyone? The squid may be getting stuck in a warm water current and pushed into San Diego waters 10News reported. The beachings are creating a big problem for swimmers and a big stink for residents. The area is popular with divers and snorkelers, but officials are concerned that the squids' ink may be unhealthy. The jumbo flying squid, known by their scientific name Dosidicus gigas, normally nestle in the eastern Pacific Ocean....
  • New Zealand scientists thaw 1,000-pound squid corpse

    04/29/2008 5:42:39 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 15 replies · 114+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 29 April 2008 | By RAY LILLEY, Associated Press Writer
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Marine scientists in New Zealand on Tuesday were thawing the corpse of the largest squid ever caught to try to unlock the secrets of one of the ocean's most mysterious beasts. No one has ever seen a living, grown colossal squid in its natural deep ocean habitat, and scientists hope their examination of the 1,089-pound, 26-foot long colossal squid, set to begin Wednesday, will help determine how the creatures live. The thawing and examination are being broadcast live on the Internet. The squid, which was caught accidentally by fishermen last year, was removed from its freezer...
  • Voracious jumbo squid invade California (Humboldt squid — or Dosidicus gigas)

    07/24/2007 8:39:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/07 | AP
    MONTEREY, Calif. - Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds is invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations, according to a study published Tuesday. An aggressive predator, the Humboldt squid — or Dosidicus gigas — can change its eating habits to consume the food supply favored by tuna and sharks, its closest competitors, according to an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. "Having a new, voracious predator set up shop here in California may be yet another...
  • Rare Squid Could Be Largest Ever Hooked

    02/22/2007 7:44:29 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies · 576+ views
    AP via AOL News ^ | Feb 22, 2007 | RAY LILLEY
    Updated:2007-02-22 13:47:58 Rare Squid Could Be Largest Ever Hooked Massive Catch Has Rings the Size of Truck Tires By RAY LILLEY AP WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Feb. 22) - A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday. The squid, weighing an estimated 990 pounds and about 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said. The fishermen were catching Patagonian toothfish, sold under the name Chilean sea bass, south of New Zealand "and...
  • Rare Colossal Squid Found Near Antarctica - ly One Other Squid Has Ever Been Found (Photos)

    04/05/2003 4:45:39 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 10 replies · 1,167+ views
    Rare Colossal Squid Found Near Antarctica Only One Other Squid Has Ever Been Found Posted: 5:14 p.m. EST April 3, 2003 Updated: 6:24 p.m. EST April 3, 2003 A rare and dangerous squid with eyes the size of dinner plates and scores of razor-sharp hooks to snag its prey has been caught by fishermen in the Ross Sea in Antarctica, according to a Local 6 News report. The half-grown female colossal squid is only the second intact example of the monster cephalopod known to have been found, said marine biologist Steve O'Shea of New Zealand's national museum on Thursday....
  • Giant Eyeball the Size of a Softball Washes Ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.

    10/12/2012 10:42:36 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | October 11, 2012 | David Fleshler,
    Huge eyeball turns up in Pompano Beach Taking his usual morning stroll along the surf in Pompano Beach, Gino Covacci noticed a strange ball-like object at the high tide line. He kicked it over and found himself staring at the biggest eyeball he had ever seen. The blue, softball-sized orb he found Wednesday was a departure from the shells, cigarette butts and seaweed he usually sees. He put it in a plastic bag and put that in the refrigerator. "It was very, very fresh," he said Thursday. "It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag." He...
  • Big squid on ice

    03/04/2003 10:18:56 AM PST · by Willie Green · 14 replies · 139+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Tuesday, March 4, 2003 | editorial
    <p>So much for the theory that President Bush's "obsession" with Saddam Hussein has detracted from the war on terrorism. The apprehension in Pakistan of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed certainly cut off that tired argument at the knees.</p> <p>As chief of operations, Mr. Mohammed was one of the biggest squids in the al-Qaida network. He is believed to have masterminded for Osama bin Laden the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. He's also thought to have orchestrated 1998's simultaneous bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.</p>
  • Big Squid Washing Up on Ore. Beach

    09/23/2009 1:36:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 871+ views
    KMTR ^ | 9/23/09
    Dozens of large squid are reportedly washing up dead on the central Oregon coast near Heceta Head. Oregon State Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel tells the Oregonian his office is hearing reports of dozens of what are probably Humboldt squid. He says they're typically much more common in warmer waters around Santa Cruz, Calif. Humboldt squid have also showed up recently in waters off the Washington coast and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Washington state and British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Commercial fishermen in the strait complained the giant squid were grabbing the salmon right off their...
  • Super squid sex organ discovered

    07/09/2010 1:58:21 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies
    bbc ^ | 7 July 2010
    The mating habits of deep-sea squid have been revealed for the first time, after the discovery of a male squid with a huge elongated and erect penis. The male squid's sexual organ is almost as long as its whole body, including the squid's mantle, head and arms. That shows how male deep-sea squid inseminate females; they use their huge penis to shoot out packages of sperm, injecting them into the female's body. The discovery may also help explain how giant squid mate in the ocean depths.....
  • Leviathans may battle in remote depths

    03/07/2010 9:24:28 PM PST · by americanophile · 34 replies · 163+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 7, 2010 | Jill Leovy
    In what could be the ultimate marine smack-down, great white sharks off the California coast may be migrating 1,600 miles west to do battle with creatures that rival their star power: giant squids. A series of studies tracking this mysterious migration has scientists rethinking not just what the big shark does with its time but also what sort of creature it is. Few sea denizens match great white sharks and giant squids in primitive mystique. Both are the subject of popular mania; both are inscrutable. That these two mythic sea monsters might convene for epic battles in the stark expanses...
  • Large squid landed by anglers in Orange County

    03/04/2007 3:14:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 637+ views
    They're not quite sea monsters, but anglers here are landing squid nearly 6 feet long, far larger than a typical catch. One Newport Landing Sportfishing boat came back Saturday with a load of squid that averaged 30 pounds each, and 5 feet in length. A 4-pound squid is typical, but the largest in the catch weighed 50 pounds and was nearly 6 feet long. "People were getting wet and trying to avoid getting inked," said Newport Landing manager Steffanie Hillerstein. The boat was fishing the waters just south of Laguna Beach. Anglers, using 10-inch long lures, needed nearly 10 minutes...
  • Super squid surfaces in Antarctic

    04/02/2003 4:14:29 PM PST · by Rodney King · 62 replies · 711+ views
    BBC News ^ | today | Kim Griggs
    A colossal squid has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of the ocean. "All we knew prior to this specimen coming through was that this animal lived in the abyssal environment down in Antarctica," New Zealand squid expert and senior research fellow at Auckland University of Technology, Dr Steve O'Shea, told BBC News Online. "Now we know that it is moving right through the water column, right up to the very surface and it grows to a spectacular size." Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was first identified in 1925 after two arms...
  • Picture of the Day

    07/03/2003 4:44:11 PM PDT · by Cornjonny · 18 replies · 246+ views
    Glenn Beck
    Scientists said on Wednesday a huge mass of slimy flesh that washed up on a Chilean beach last week may be a rare type of giant octopus or just discarded whale blubber. In an unrelated story, Helen Thomas, Maddy Albright, and Janet Reno were seen on a Chilean beach during their vacation late last week.
  • New Zealand fishermen land massive squid

    02/23/2007 5:53:48 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 392+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 22, 2007
    New Zealand fishermen may have caught the largest Colossal squid ever found -- weighing around 450kg (992 pounds) and with rings the size of tires.The adult Colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) was caught by fishermen long lining for toothfish in deep ocean off Antarctica, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said on Thursday in announcing the catch.The squid was still alive when caught and was eating a hooked toothfish when hauled aboard, Anderton said in a statement."The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in...
  • NZ fishermen land colossal squid

    02/22/2007 3:38:27 PM PST · by fishhound · 16 replies · 479+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 22 February 2007, | na
    New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record-breaking colossal squid. Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb),took two hours to land in Antarctic waters. Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact. One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres.
  • Giant squid on display at museum

    03/14/2006 12:27:09 PM PST · by robowombat · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Giant squid on display at museum One of the world's best specimens of the giant squid Architeuthis dux has gone on display at The Natural History Museum in London. The colossal cephalopod was caught by a trawler off the Falkland Islands and is about 8.62 metres/28 ft in length. The species can reach a maximum size of up to 13m - five metres longer than a double decker bus. Researchers at the museum have managed to successfully preserve the squid and fit it inside an enormous 10m/30' long display case. Jon Ablett, curator of molluscs in the Museum's Department of...
  • Colossal squid a formidable customer (Something evil comes this way alert)

    04/03/2003 2:07:08 PM PST · by Archangelsk · 28 replies · 437+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 040303 | PAULA OLIVER
    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...
  • Monster Squid Grips Racing Yacht?

    02/07/2003 7:57:44 AM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies · 491+ views
    Discovery ^ | Jan. 16 2003 | Editorial Staff (AFP)
    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...
  • Did global warming kill giant squids

    10/11/2002 12:21:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies · 793+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-11-02
    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...
  • New Specie of Squid?

    07/22/2002 11:32:20 AM PDT · by Barbie Doll · 20 replies · 181+ views
    CNN ^ | July 22, 2002 | Barbie Doll
  • Trawler nets giant squid

    01/14/2002 6:53:45 AM PST · by Arkle · 38 replies · 182+ views
    BBC ^ | 01/14/02 | BBC
    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 ...
  • Deep-sea giant squid captured on video for first time

    01/09/2013 4:03:31 AM PST · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Asahi Shimbun (Japan) ^ | 1-7-2012 | EMI TADAMA
    A team led by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) has shot the first videos of the elusive giant squid, the largest invertebrate on the planet, in its natural environment.Dubbed the “monsters of the sea,” giant squid can grow up to 18 meters (60 feet) in length. Little is known of the massive creature's ecology as they live in the deepest depths of the ocean.Although photos of giant squid have been taken deep underwater, this was the first time that videos have caught one in action in its normal habitat, NHK said.The public broadcaster said the first videos were shot in July...
  • U.S. scientists net giant squid in Gulf of Mexico

    09/23/2009 7:20:01 AM PDT · by OneVike · 7 replies · 939+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/22/09 | Jasmin Melvin
    U.S. scientists in the Gulf of Mexico unexpectedly netted a 19.5-foot (5.9-meter) giant squid off the coast of Louisiana, the Interior Department said on Monday, showing how little is known about life in the deep waters of the Gulf. Not since 1954, when a giant squid was found floating dead off the Mississippi Delta, has the rare species been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico. The squid, weighing in at 103 pounds (46.7 kg), was caught July 30 in a trawl net more than 1,500 feet underwater as it was pulled by a research vessel. The giant squid, which did...
  • Giant squid found off Monterey coast

    06/28/2008 6:56:48 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 21 replies · 175+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 27, 2008 | LA Times
    Researchers in Northern California are dissecting what appears to be a rare giant squid found this week near Monterey Bay. The squid was 25 feet long and had tentacles as thick as a human leg. Researchers are fairly certain it's a giant squid, as opposed to another type of cephalopod.
  • Caption the Giant Squid

    07/11/2007 1:53:17 PM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies · 762+ views
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  • Anglers' extraordinary find is no sea monster, but a giant squid

    06/05/2012 9:37:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Grind TV ^ | June 4, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Al McGlashan, a prominent big-game fisherman in Australia, ventured to sea Friday in search of tuna and swordfish. The highlight, however, was the bizarre discovery of a fresh giant squid carcass.
  • Australian fishermen net 500-pound squid (20 feet long; OF COURSE there are pictures :-))

    05/26/2008 10:26:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 40 replies · 1,297+ views
    AP / Various others ^ | May 26, 2008
    Australian fishermen net 500-pound squid 4 hours agoMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian fishermen have hauled up a 20-foot-long giant squid off the country's southeastern coast.Skipper Rangi Pene said Monday that the 500-pound squid was already dead when it was caught in a trawler's nets Sunday night in waters more than 1,640 feet deep.Paul McCoy, a fisheries research biologist, said it took 10 men to lift the squid onto a stretcher and place it in a storage freezer in the city of Portland. A museum will collect it this week.McCoy said an analysis by the museum would determine the type...
  • Giant Squid's California Migration Product Of Warming

    12/05/2007 7:37:30 PM PST · by ricks_place · 43 replies · 125+ views
    PRAVDA ^ | 12/04/-7 | AP
    BALI, Indonesia -- More than 3,000 flying foxes dropped dead, falling from trees in Australia. Giant squid migrated north to commercial fishing grounds off California, gobbling anchovy and hake. Butterflies have gone extinct in the Alps. While humans debate at U.N. climate change talks in Bali, global warming is already wreaking havoc with nature. Most plants and animals are affected, and the change is occurring too quickly for them to evolve. "A hell of a lot of species are in big trouble," said Stephen E. Williams, the director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change at James Cook...
  • 'It's a whopper': Giant squid washes up on Australian beach

    07/11/2007 6:23:08 AM PDT · by BufordP · 24 replies · 1,566+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2007 | Associated Press
    The squid that washed up on an Australian beach weights 550 pounds and is 26 feet long from the tip of its body to the end of its tentacles.---AFP/Getty Images HOBART, Australia — A squid as long as a bus and weighing 550 pounds washed up on an Australian beach, officials said today."It is a whopper," said Genefor Walker-Smith, a zoologist who studies invertebrates at the Tasmanian Museum.Giant squid live in waters off southern Australia and New Zealand — where a half-ton colossus, believed to be the world's largest, was caught in February. They attract the sperm whales that...
  • 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"...
  • Camera catches live giant squid

    09/28/2005 6:04:21 AM PDT · by LongElegantLegs · 37 replies · 7,482+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept 28, 2005 | Guy Gugliotta
    Using a digital camera dangling from a line nearly 3,300 feet long, scientists for the first time have photographed a live giant squid, the tentacled deep-sea monster that is the largest invertebrate on Earth. *SNIP* "the recovered section of tentacle was still functioning," they continued, "with the large suckers of the tentacle club repeatedly gripping the boat deck and any offered fingers."
  • 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...