September 28, 2005

Giant Squid Photos

I came across this National Geographic Story and found it be very interesting. The longest squid on record was 59 feet.
"Like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel, an enormous tentacled creature looms out of the inky blackness of the deep Pacific waters.

But this isn't science fiction. A set of extraordinary images captured by Japanese scientists marks the first-ever record of a live giant squid (Architeuthis) in the wild.

The animal—which measures roughly 25 feet (8 meters) long—was photographed 2,950 feet (900 meters) beneath the North Pacific Ocean. Japanese scientists attracted the squid toward cameras attached to a baited fishing line.

The scientists say they snapped more than 500 images of the massive cephalopod before it broke free after snagging itself on a hook. They also recovered one of the giant squid's two longest tentacles, which severed during its struggle.

The photo sequence, taken off Japan's Ogasawara Islands in September 2004, shows the squid homing in on the baited line and enveloping it in "a ball of tentacles."

Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum in Tokyo and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association report their observations this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

"Architeuthis appears to be a much more active predator than previously suspected, using its elongated feeding tentacles to strike and tangle prey," the researchers write.

They add that the squid was found feeding at depths where no light penetrates even during the day."

5 comments:

dorothy rothschild said...

That giant squid is effin' cool.

Jack's Shack said...

I thought so too. I often wonder how many creatures are out there that we still haven't got a clue about.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

That is very interesting.

For some strange reason, this post makes we wish that the T.V. show, Sea Hunt would come back.

Lil Bit said...

Wow! Kick ass!

LiquiDiamonds said...

as Gandalf said, when safely inside the gates of Moria, after squid attack: "there are older and fouler things in the deep places of the world"