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Battle of the depths: shark vs squid

Posted on Monday, 8 March, 2010 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Cetacea


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Great white sharks are thought to be migrating west to do battle with giant squids in epic deep-sea confrontations.

Both the great white shark and the giant squid are giant denizens of the depths that have captured the imagination of the world in books and cinema for years, but now research in to the migration of sharks has revealed that the two may clash together in the depths of the sea in epic real-life battles for survival.

"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."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Neognosis on 8 March, 2010, 17:20
I don't buy it yet. for one, the conclusion that the sharks are eating squid seems to have no backing evidence. They couldn't figure out what they were eating, so they concluded "it must be giant squid." I've never heard of any great whites showing up with the typical battle scars we see on sperm whales that are characteristic of fights with giant squid. Second, I recall learning that GWs are very cautious hunters, more afraid of getting injured than anything else. In this respect, they bite-wound their prey and wait for it to die, then go in to eat. It seems that hunting giant squid would not... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Whateversmurf on 8 March, 2010, 17:50
Thats sad I don't want them to die....
Comment icon #7 Posted by AliveInDeath on 8 March, 2010, 20:04
thats beast
Comment icon #8 Posted by Cetacea on 8 March, 2010, 21:51
ame='Neognosis' date='08 March 2010 - 05:20 PM' timestamp='1268068827' post='3320626', I'm nothing more than a hobby biologist, certainly not enough of one to make my screen name Cetacea or anything like that. But I would like to learn more about this. Ooh don't make me think, now it makes it sound like I have to come up with a halfway intelligent reply and I'm low on brain juice today But I shall try. I don't buy it yet. for one, the conclusion that the sharks are eating squid seems to have no backing evidence. They couldn't figure out what they were eating, so they concluded "it must be gia... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by the rebirth on 8 March, 2010, 23:41
natures perfect killing machine. a monster of myth and legend. finally they collide! Lorenzo Llamas, Meredith Baxter, and Miley Cyrus as Dr. Cornholio. this spring dive into the sea of intranquility. Big-A** Shark vs. Crazy Huge Kraken. only on scyfy! hahahahahaha coming to scyfy this sunday, sunday, someday!! The weather turned bad, and the investigation ended early. The trip back was boring enough for the crew to form a band, then break up. murmaider. go into the water. and now: the shark and the squid: UNDERWATER GLADIATORS. as performed by (insert lame science-band name here) -only heavy m... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mattshark on 9 March, 2010, 2:17
'm no shark expert either, however, I do know that cetaceans and sharks hunt in a very different manner and they have a very different set of 'weaponry', as impressive as Sperm whales may seem to us, their teeth are not serrated like GW's they are more peg like, they grasp, but they don't necessarily slice like a Great Whites would. Hence if they have a hold on the squid, the animal could potentially still defend itself whereas if it was no longer in one piece it would have a job keeping the predator off! Great Whites are ambush predators, and I would imagine if they got in one good bite they ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Samuronin on 9 March, 2010, 3:09
Hmm could this be a sign that the ocean's fishes and resources are dwindling?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Cetacea on 9 March, 2010, 9:34
Hmm could this be a sign that the ocean's fishes and resources are dwindling? The decline in certain fish stocks has certainly led to the increase of other squid species, I am not sure how it would affect giant squid as I'm not too familiar with their diet, however, in theory I would imagine an increase in giant squid numbers could lead to more opportunistic foraging from Great Whites.
Comment icon #13 Posted by mushrmcloud on 16 March, 2010, 8:05
go squid, get those sharks. I cant eat the sharks; however I love squid bebay. Anyway, both would likely eat me. Especially if they are as hungry as I am....
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr Meowgi on 17 March, 2010, 7:17
natures perfect killing machine. a monster of myth and legend. finally they collide! Lorenzo Llamas, Meredith Baxter, and Miley Cyrus as Dr. Cornholio. this spring dive into the sea of intranquility. Big-A** Shark vs. Crazy Huge Kraken. only on scyfy! ROFLMAO Meredith Baxter hahaha!!! It sounds plausible to me.


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