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  • Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans

    05/23/2016 9:39:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Maddie Stone
    Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad... cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s. “The consistency was the biggest surprise,” said lead study author Zoë Doubleday of the University of Adelaide. “Cephalopods are notoriously variable, and population abundance can fluctuate wildly, both within and among species.”
  • That octopus is really squid, lawsuit against Goya claims

    05/13/2016 12:16:58 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 29 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/13/16
    A new lawsuit accuses Goya Foods Inc of cheating consumers by selling canned octopus products that actually contain cheaper, lower quality jumbo squid. "Independent DNA testing" confirmed that the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company made the switch, according to a complaint filed late Wednesday in the federal court in San Jose, California. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 million of damages. Goya, based in Jersey City, New Jersey, did not immediately respond on Thursday to requests for comment. The plaintiff Luis Diego Zapata Fonseca, of Salinas, California, sued on behalf of purchasers nationwide and in California of Goya canned octopus...
  • 4 metre giant squid filmed cruising along in Japanese harbour

    12/28/2015 9:34:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2015 | Brianne Tolj
    The extremely elusive giant squid are typically never seen by the human eye but one four-metre long Architeuthis decided to put on a show for a group Japanese spectators on Christmas Eve. The massive orange and white live squid was filmed swimming next to a boat's moorings in Toyama Bay on the west coast of Japan, according to Motherboard. Such large squid live deep underwater and are normally only found dead floating on the surface of the ocean or washed up on beaches, according to Ocean Portal.
  • Cephalopod Surprise

    09/29/2015 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    Skippy's List ^ | July 9th, 2007 | skippy
    ... Early on in my military career, way back when I was a PFC, my Battalion would occasionally have “Fun Runs”. A Fun Run is just like running for several miles. Except that it’s fun. Because people that outrank you say so. This is pretty much the Army equivalent to declaring “Our office is so much fun! On Friday we get to wear Hawaiian shirts!” It’s awesome if you happen to love Hawaiian shirts, but just kinda sucks if you have taste. One of the features of the Fun Run was that afterward the Battalion would gather together and hold...
  • Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

    10/14/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 52 replies ^ | 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.
  • Stealth coating based on squid skin could make soldiers invisible to night vision

    09/21/2013 1:54:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/10/13 | Richard Gray
    Camouflaged clothing that mimics squid skin is being developed to hide soldiers from night vision equipment.Most camouflage materials used to disguise soldiers and vehicles during the day show up easily when viewed through night vision goggles and infrared cameras. This is because leaves and other foliage reflect infrared light in a different way to other fabrics and materials. However, scientists at the University of California Irvine have created a new “stealth” coating that can change the way it reflects infrared light on command. The films, which are around 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, can be switched on and...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches

    12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly -
    APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday. Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it. Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday. In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported....
  • Woman, 63, 'becomes PREGNANT in the mouth' with baby squid after eating calamari

    06/15/2012 5:01:50 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 100 replies
    mailonline ^ | 6/2012 | hartley-parkinson
    Woman, 63, 'becomes PREGNANT in the mouth' with baby squid after eating calamari Woman was 'eating when she felt a prickling sensation in her mouth' She was chewing 'sperm sacks', which forcefully shoot sperm Sperm in turn try to embed themselves when they land But have no fear in the West... Squid's internal organs are (generally) removed before serving By Richard Hartley-parkinson PUBLISHED: 03:40 EST, 15 June 2012 | UPDATED: 15:06 EST, 15 June 2012 A 63-year-old woman became 'pregnant' with 12 baby squid after eating calamari, according to a claim in a bio-tech report. The real-life 'octo-mum', from South...
  • Discovered: The 128million-year-old grandfather of the modern squid..

    06/01/2012 6:42:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Scientists have managed to re-create the appearance of a previously unknown fossil - a spiky creature thought to be the ultimate ancestor of the modern-day squid and octopus. The Austria National History Museum team used 3D scanning technology to unearth the fossil of 'Dissimilites intermedius' a layer at a time, and then created a video of how the creature lived and moved. The ammonite was discovered in sediment which formed at the bottom of the ocean during the Cretaceous period - on a surface which, 128 million years, later would lie at the top of the Dolomite mountains in the...
  • Dancing squid bowl: Could you eat this? (Yes, it's what you think and yes, there's a video)

    07/22/2011 11:58:52 PM PDT · by Stoat · 51 replies
    The Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | July 22, 2011 | Staff
    TAKE one squid, cut off its head and watch the rest dance on a bed of rice and salmon roe. Eat. Or not. This Japanese delicacy known as odori-don or “dancing squid rice bowl” is a variation on traditional squid sashimi and uses soy sauce to create the disturbing illusion of bringing a dead squid back to life.YouTube user Richard Fan shot the above video on a visit to Hokkaido’s Ikkatei Tabiji restaurant and explains that sodium in the soy causes neurons to fire, making the muscles twitch.The dish comes with the head cut into small sashimi slices and...
  • JP Morgan Wins: CFTC Position Limits Do Not Apply (To Them)

    01/15/2011 9:49:29 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 16 replies ^ | Friday, January 14, 2011 | Chris Martenson
    Speaking of changing the rules... Gold and silver are now down hard over the past two days, and the reason may have something to do with the fact that the CFTC utterly caved to JPM in their long-awaited decision on position limits in a 4-1 vote. While position limits will eventually be set, maybe, someday, the course of action taken by the CFTC grandfathers in JPM's (and HSBC, et al.) current outlandish positions. Here's the background (emphasis mine): On July 21, 2010, the Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Among other things, the Dodd-Frank Act...
  • 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. >
  • Reno Police: Microwaved Squid Leaves 2 Queasy

    07/12/2010 9:58:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    AOL News ^ | JULY 12, 2010
    Reno police say a squid left cooking in microwave is the suspected culprit of noxious fumes that left two apartment dwellers queasy. Authorities don't know if the squid was put in the microwave as a prank or act of cruelty when they found it Sunday night. But they believe the squishy cephalopod was stuck in the microwave by burglars and left to cook in a communal kitchen. Two residents made ill by the fumes were treated at a hospital. Police were still investigating Monday.
  • 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.....
  • Dead squid gets plastic surgery

    06/02/2010 1:52:43 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 360+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 1, 2010, 7:00AM | NATE TRAYLOR
    The patient needed just a nip and a tuck — nothing three experienced plastic surgeons couldn't handle. But the patient in this case was a 12-foot Pacific giant squid, and already dead. On Friday, surgeons hunched over a gelatinous carcass, laid out like a wet dress on a stainless steel table outside the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Their mission: Stitch up its battle wounds and reattach its head. OIMB's director, Craig Young, said the goal was to make the creature a presentable attraction at the future Charleston Marine Life Center. Plans call for a 6,000-square-foot, two-story public museum and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ink found in Jurassic-era squid (150 mya squid "can be dissected as if they are living animals")

    08/19/2009 9:40:47 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 288 replies · 4,450+ views
    BBC ^ | August 19,2009
    Palaeontologists have drawn with ink extracted from a preserved fossilised squid uncovered during a dig in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac. A picture of the creature and its Latin name was drawn using its ink...
  • What Have You Got To Smile About? Meet The Amazing Piglet Squid Who Always Looks Happy

    07/17/2009 8:53:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 912+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 17th 2009
    What have you got to smile about? Meet the amazing piglet squid who always looks happy By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 18th July 2009 He could almost be a new Mr Men character with his rotund shape, cute curls and shy smile. [Pic in URL] But this is really a piglet squid caught in a rare image on camera. His tentacles made what looks like a mop of curly hair over his large eyes while his skin patterns created a grin. Grinning: The piglet squid, about the size of an orange, gets its name from its tuft of tentacles and rotund...
  • Jumbo Squid Menace San Diego Shores

    07/17/2009 1:36:04 PM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies · 1,049+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2009 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    SAN DIEGO (July 17) - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • The cephalopods can hear you

    06/18/2009 4:28:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,873+ views
    bbc. ^ | 15 June 2009 | Matt Walker
    Octopus and squid can hear. The discovery resolves a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater. Compared to fish, octopus and squid do not appear to hear particularly well. But the fact they can hear raises the possibility that these intelligent animals may use sound to catch prey, communicate with one another or listen out for predators. The question of whether cephalopods can perceive sound has been controversial since the early 20th Century. Some experiments suggested that blind octopus seemed able to locate the sounds produced...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - calamari

    05/13/2009 6:04:45 AM PDT · by VRWCmember · 211 replies · 2,802+ views
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". calamari • \kah-luh-MAHR-ee\ • noun squid used as food Example sentence: Ophelia tried fried calamari for the first time from a small seafood shack near the beach. Did you know? The word "calamari" was borrowed into English from 17th-century Italian, where it functioned as the plural of "calamaro" or "calamaio." The Italian word, in turn, comes from the Medieval Latin noun "calamarium," meaning "ink pot" or "pen case," and can be ultimately traced...
  • Teamwork Between Shining Bacteria and Squids Evolved?

    02/10/2009 1:48:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 458+ views
    ICR ^ | February 10, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Teamwork Between Shining Bacteria and Squids Evolved? by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Certain strains of bacteria, named Vibrio, can establish a mutually beneficial link with a squid by a single gene switch, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin.1 Could this precisely specified biochemistry really have evolved from the comparatively “simple” switching-on of just one gene, as their study suggests? Vibrio bacteria have a well-orchestrated capacity to interact with specialized tissue found on the bobtail squid and the Japanese pinecone fish.2 A biochemical “conversation” takes place between animal and bacteria whereby the animal’s specialized tissue secretes a gummy substance that...
  • Why dolphins are the best calamari chefs in the ocean

    01/30/2009 11:08:12 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 1,087+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th January 2009
    Dolphins are fantastic sea chefs who have mastered the art of rustling up a soft meal of calamari, say scientists. The intelligent sea mammals have been spotted going through precise and elaborate preparations to rid cuttlefish of ink and bone to produce a soft meal of calamari. Australian researchers observed one wild female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin The research team, writing in the science journal PLoS One, said they repeatedly observed a female dolphin herding cuttlefish out of algal weed and onto a clear, sandy patch of seafloor. The dolphin, identified using circular body scars, then pinned the cuttlefish with its...
  • Squid With 'Elbows' Captured on Video

    11/30/2008 11:51:41 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 28 replies · 1,424+ views ^ | 11/30/08 | staff
    An underwater camera at an oil and gas drilling site off the coast of Texas has captured a rare sight: a squid with "elbows."
  • Edible postcards for New Year's promote squid fishermen

    11/18/2008 7:39:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 444+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Monday, Nov. 17, 2008
    A fishery cooperative in Susami, Wakayama Prefecture, sells a rather unique New Year's greeting postcard — you can eat it. Season's greetings: An employee of a fishery cooperative of Susami, Wakayama Prefecture, shows off dried squid that can be used as New Year's postcards. KYODO PHOTO It is made of dried squid, a local specialty of the town. The flat, vacuum-packed squid is wrapped in paper on which the sender pastes a sticker with the recipient's name and address. The postcard can be sent through the ordinary mail. The cooperative usually produces only 3,000 of the postcards every year, but...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aggressive eating machines spotted on our coast (OR, WA)

    04/27/2008 9:24:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 737+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | April 27, 2008 | Les Blumenthal
    WASHINGTON – They definitely aren’t your garden-variety calamari. The jumbo squid now lurking off the Pacific Northwest coast could threaten salmon runs and signal yet another change in the oceans brought on by global warming. The squid, which can reach 7 feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds, are aggressive. They’re thought to hunt in packs and can move at speeds up to 15 mph. In Mexico, they are known as diablos rojos, or red devils. There have been reports that they’ll attack divers when threatened. No one knows why they started appearing in increasing numbers off Washington state...
  • Blumenthal On the Boil [A DUI for Hillary's KGB or Canned Squid]

    01/11/2008 5:38:40 PM PST · by Doctor Raoul · 60 replies · 387+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Friday, January 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Andrew Romano
    Blumenthal On the Boil
  • 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...
  • Artorius Castus Exclusive: Gene Migration

    10/17/2007 6:21:40 PM PDT · by cardinal4 · 1 replies · 84+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 17 Oct 2007 | Patrick Truax
    The DNA expert was troubled by the relationship between the squid's eye and various humans she had seen. Could a gene migrate across evolutionary lines? Thats was the basis for the PhD's manuscript.
  • 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...
  • Caption the Giant Squid

    07/11/2007 1:53:17 PM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies · 762+ views
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  • '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...
  • Unknown Creature Caught Off Hawaii (Satire)

    07/06/2007 11:11:04 AM PDT · by Digital Disaster · 6 replies · 766+ views
    Scooter's Report ^ | 7-6-07 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Unknown Creature Caught Off Hawaii Biologists are studying what appears to be a never-before-seen life form described as a cross between a squid and a octopus, recently collected from a depth of over 3000 feet. "It's red, slimy, has probing tentacles, and hates the United States, we think it's possibly related to Nancy Pelosi," said researcher Frank Hauni. While it is a well-known fact Speaker of the House Pelosi (D-Calif) has vacationed in Hawaii many times, she has vigorously denied ever having a relationship with an invertebrate species. "I had an acquaintance who happened to be a squid in...
  • Scientists all agog at 'octosquid'

    07/06/2007 7:36:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 1,835+ views
    / ^ | 06-29-2007 | Bobby Command
    A squid-like creature, rescued from a Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority deep water pipe filter, swims in a fish tank Wednesday at the facility As denizens of the deep go, it isn't very intimidating. But local scientists are nevertheless fascinated with the tentacled creature that was sucked up to the surface Tuesday by the 55-inch deep sea pipeline at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. "It's kind of an 'octosquid,'" said Jan War, operations manager at NELHA at Keahole Point. "It's got the body of a squid but the eight tentacles of an octopus." The foot-long "octosquid" was...
  • Colossal squid may be headed for oven

    03/22/2007 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Redcitizen · 15 replies · 972+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thu Mar 22, 6:20 AM ET | Unknown
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A colossal half-ton squid, believed to be the largest ever caught, may be destined for the microwave ove But researchers say they don't want to cook the massive creature ? just defrost it so they can study it better.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...