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Live giant squid brought to surface

Posted on Saturday, 23 December, 2006 | Comment icon 27 comments


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"Until now, scientists’ knowledge of the giant squid was based only on murky photographs and the lengthy tentacles of dead specimens washed up on lonely beaches."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Test Subject on 24 December, 2006, 6:28
the squid aren't hunted by sperm whales...i saw it on the discovery channel. they are both predators, and sometimes they get into disputes...that's all. i saw it on secrets of the deep, and it was a show on sperm whales. Well we don't know for sure, but that's what I think. I saw a clip (as I spoke of earlier) of a giant octopus killing 4ft long sharks. I could only assume this is a small scale version of the "larger scale" colossal aquid and sperm whale. Probably the larger squids kill the smaller whales and the larger whales kill the smaller squids.
Comment icon #19 Posted by clark2400 on 24 December, 2006, 8:28
Not so fast buddy! First of all, I believe the Giant Squid didn't cause those scars on the whales as they have suction cups on their tentacles incapable of gouging. It's the Colossal Squid which is larger and has hooks on its tentacles that caused those scars, and for everything we DON'T know about the Giant Squid, we know even less about the Colossal Squid. Woah ok now i'm really confused. So you mean that there is a type of squid EVEN BIGGER than that of the giant squid called the collosal squid?? I have never heard of it, yet read any news about it...and i think that you are mistaken as the... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by clark2400 on 24 December, 2006, 8:29
Not so fast buddy! First of all, I believe the Giant Squid didn't cause those scars on the whales as they have suction cups on their tentacles incapable of gouging. It's the Colossal Squid which is larger and has hooks on its tentacles that caused those scars, and for everything we DON'T know about the Giant Squid, we know even less about the Colossal Squid. Woah ok now i'm really confused. So you mean that there is a type of squid EVEN BIGGER than that of the giant squid called the collosal squid?? I have never heard of it, yet read any news about it...and i think that you are mistaken as the... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Nena on 24 December, 2006, 14:56
Woah ok now i'm really confused. So you mean that there is a type of squid EVEN BIGGER than that of the giant squid called the collosal squid?? I have never heard of it, yet read any news about it...and i think that you are mistaken as the giant squid is the largest invertebrate on Earth(i read it somewhere on the net). If there was such a thing as a collosal squid which you say is larger than the giant squid, then how come they never mentioned it as being the largest invertebrate? I think you've got your facts mixed up mate...giant squid is the biggest squid out there in the deep sea, and the... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by frogfish on 24 December, 2006, 18:19
the squid aren't hunted by sperm whales...i saw it on the discovery channel. they are both predators, and sometimes they get into disputes...that's all. i saw it on secrets of the deep, and it was a show on sperm whales. Sperm whales dive deep to exclusively feed on giant squid. Squid beaks have also been found in Sperm whale stomachs, but no one knows if these are from giant or colossal squid.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Tucuxi on 24 December, 2006, 20:00
Sperm whales dive deep to exclusively feed on giant squid. Squid beaks have also been found in Sperm whale stomachs, but no one knows if these are from giant or colossal squid. Frogfish is right. I'm sure sperm whales eat some other stuff too, but it's mostly squid and octopi. The squid beak thing is right, too. The irritation caused by the beak in the stomach causes a secretion to form around the beak. This buildup is called ambergris. It was once used as an ingredient in perfumes to keep the scent strong. The ambergris, if found (it's not always there) was worth more than the blubber and oil... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by frogfish on 25 December, 2006, 1:14
Ambergis is still valuable today
Comment icon #25 Posted by SwampGator on 25 December, 2006, 1:38
The comparison of beaks in the stomachs of Sperm whales leaves no doubt of which species of squid it is. Both giant and collosal squid beaks have been found in the stomachs and are easily distinguishable to scientists. To say that no one knows which species the beak or beaks belong to is ludicrous.
Comment icon #26 Posted by vlanos on 26 December, 2006, 11:44
we need to find a live one.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Test Subject on 31 December, 2006, 8:48
Woah ok now i'm really confused. So you mean that there is a type of squid EVEN BIGGER than that of the giant squid called the collosal squid?? I have never heard of it, yet read any news about it...and i think that you are mistaken as the giant squid is the largest invertebrate on Earth(i read it somewhere on the net). If there was such a thing as a collosal squid which you say is larger than the giant squid, then how come they never mentioned it as being the largest invertebrate? I think you've got your facts mixed up mate...giant squid is the biggest squid out there in the deep sea, and the... [More]


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