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Giant squid lights up for attack

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user posted image rSubmitted by Waspie Dwarf: Enormous deep-sea squid emit blinding flashes of light as they attack their prey, research shows. Taningia danae's spectacular light show was revealed in video footage taken in deep waters off Chichijima Island in the North Pacific.

Japanese scientists believe the creatures use the bright flashes to disorientate potential victims. Writing in a Royal Society journal, they say the squid are far from the sluggish, inactive beasts once thought.

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Ghost Ship

Cool. I wish there was audio available. Maybe there is a sound associated with the light bursts.

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RamboIII

Seven feet long hardly qualifies it as a giant squid...

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chaoszerg

(shudders)

They look wonderful but i would not want to meet one in the ocean.

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brute_avenger

that's really interesting, i guess giant squid are more places than we think!

oh and if i ever saw one of those i'd probably die froma heart attack :o

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STIX
Seven feet long hardly qualifies it as a giant squid...

These squid usually start out really small, less than 30 centimeters... so compared to that, 7 feet is quite large for the species.

But there are other, larger species out there.

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