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05-02-2008, 08:44 AM
Giant squid 'not the biggest' - scientists

SCIENTISTS investigating a giant squid in front of an internet audience have found that the huge beast may only be a minnow compared to others in the ocean.

The squid has been thawing from a block of ice in front of four live webcams at The Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.

An international team of scientists will examine it in more detail today.

The specimen, scientifically known as a colossal squid, is the biggest ever caught, at up to 10 metres long and 495 kilograms.

It boasts a fearsome beak and razor-sharp hooks, and has eyes the size of dinner plates.

But that may be relatively small, scientists say after initial examination, suggesting other colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) under the chilly Antarctic waters might grow much larger.

On a museum blog following the progress of the thaw, Chris Paulin - who is projects manager at the museum, known as Te Papa Tongarewa, said that the beak of the colossal squid has been exposed as the flesh defrosts.

The size of the lower beak used to chop prey into bite-sized pieces is around 43 to 45 millimetres.

Colossal squid lower beaks previously found in the stomachs of sperm whales have been as long as 49 millimetres.

Extrapolating the relationship between the length of the beak and body size from another smaller specimen being examined suggests the species could grow much bigger, Mr Paulin said.

"Can we assume that this species reaches three quarters of a tonne in weight?" he asked.

One of the scientists leading the examination, Auckland University of Technology squid expert Dr Steve O'Shea, said it was difficult to say how much bigger the monster squid could grow.

"What we know from that one measurement is that the beak of this animal from the stomachs of sperm whales are considerably larger," Dr O'Shea told Radio New Zealand.

"We make the leap to say the colossal squid grows considerably larger than the 495 kilogram one we are currently defrosting."

Dr O'Shea has previously described the colossal squid, which has razor-sharp swivelling hooks at the end of its tentacles, as "a nasty aggressive sort of squid... a gelatinous blob with seriously evil arms on it."

If the new specimen was cut into squid rings, they would be size of tractor tyres, although they would taste like ammonia.

The colossal squid was caught as it ate an Antarctic toothfish hooked on a fishing boat's long line in Antarctic waters in February last year.

After being snap frozen, it was given to the museum, which has since been deciding the best way to defrost, examine and display it.

Suggestions such as using a giant microwave to unfreeze it were discarded, and on Monday the squid was placed in a tank filled with cold salty water to ensure it defrosts slowly without decomposing.

The squid is so large that there was a risk the outside flesh would start to rot before the inside had thawed.

Defrosting is due to finish today when scientists will learn as much as they can before the squid is preserved in formalin to go on show in a massive tank at the museum later this year.

The progress of the thawing is being shown live by webcams on the museum's website www.tepapa.govt.nz.

Colossal squid live webcams - http://www.r2.co.nz/20080427/matrix.htm
Giant squid museum page - http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/TePapa/English/CollectionsAndResearch...
Researcher's blog - http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/category/colossal-squid/

Marcus Bales
05-02-2008, 10:44 AM
I guess you think that since I'm reading the Zefrank board I have nothing better to do than watch a squid melt.

05-03-2008, 05:55 AM
If to Starbuck the apparition of the squid was a thing of portents, to Queequeg it was quite a different object.
'When you see him 'quid, said the savage, honing his harpoon in the bow of the hoisted boat, 'then quick you see him 'parm whale.'

07-19-2008, 10:08 PM

07-20-2008, 01:31 AM
:mad: Forgive them, squid overlords! :(

07-20-2008, 11:08 AM
I thought it was a cephalopodian day spa!!!
With Dead Sea salt scrub...?


07-20-2008, 08:28 PM
Yes, but what if the colossal squid casts his gaze on you?

07-24-2008, 07:30 AM
Cephalopwn (http://www.pinktentacle.com/2008/07/monster-octopi-with-scores-of-extra-tentacles/)

11-25-2008, 02:56 PM
http://s.buzzfeed.com/static/campaign_images/2008/11/25/10/3989088e6c4916d55c0666892e386e85.jpg (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/081124-giant-squid-magnapinna.html)


no wonder the r.o.v. camera operator did a doubletake

11-26-2008, 02:30 AM

11-26-2008, 07:45 AM
Holy freakin hell. Yup. Thanks for that.

Hyakujo's Fox
11-26-2008, 07:59 AM
disturbin stuff

11-26-2008, 09:32 AM
Okay, the vampire moths over in the study hall I could believe, but now National Geographic is just making sh** up.

Jack Flanders
11-26-2008, 02:45 PM

12-22-2008, 02:39 PM
"the christmas siphonophore (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KT1TSbarW1U) pays a visit ... a bioluminescent deep-sea siphonophore — an eerily fantastic creature that appears to be a single, large organism, but which is actually a colony of numerous individual jellyfish-like animals that behave and function together as a single entity.

12-22-2008, 03:23 PM

Well, after that I hope you've allotted enough time to fly over here and sing me to sleep tonight.

I'll expect you and Mr. Happy Unscared Bedtime Bear at 10pm.

12-23-2008, 02:24 AM
Reminds me of a bridesmaid dress.

12-29-2008, 01:03 AM
Why not serve this before bed

12-29-2008, 11:53 AM
^Aw, I used to make those for my kid when he was little. :)
Out of "not" dogs, you know.

01-04-2009, 03:05 PM
Roaster of dogs, eater of souls (http://www.roastmyweenie.com/Roast_Your_Weenie/Cthulhu.html).

01-07-2009, 06:57 AM
Move over squids. Prepare to welcome your new overlords. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/scientists-unlock-secrets-of-australias-giant-30kg-koalas-1224492.html)

YsaPur EsChomuw
01-07-2009, 02:58 PM

01-22-2009, 07:55 PM
Then they came for the kitties and still I remained quiet.

01-25-2009, 11:34 PM
I was on the beach and then

YsaPur EsChomuw
02-18-2009, 07:21 PM
typing (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage2.shtml)

02-19-2009, 12:37 PM

02-19-2009, 12:39 PM
Sorry, the last post was a repeat of zero's.

Hyakujo's Fox
03-09-2009, 09:35 AM
residents are advised not to panic, but to form an orderly queue at their local pier and await further instructions (http://cbs5.com/local/giant.Humboldt.Squid.2.952681.html)

03-09-2009, 12:09 PM
^^Some marine experts said the one defense against this giant squid invasion may be to eat them as quickly as they are eating everything else.

Thus the war between human- and squidkind was launched.

YsaPur EsChomuw
03-22-2009, 02:51 AM

Hyakujo's Fox
03-29-2009, 10:01 PM
uh oh, looks like we didn't count on alien giant squids! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGBvJy6BDM)

07-26-2009, 10:42 PM
I'm betting it's a feint.
A red herring, if you will. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32110292/ns/technology_and_science-science/)

09-16-2009, 07:49 AM
Build your own overlord (http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid/interactive). You can even log out and when you come back it will have done squiddy stuff all on its own. Apparently my squid, IFOR1, had a fight with a Japanese whaler.

Jack Flanders
09-16-2009, 06:12 PM
^ mine is HARVE. :D this should be interesting!

09-16-2009, 07:05 PM
^mo :D :D

09-22-2009, 04:19 AM
HARVE had a fight with an elephant seal.

IFOR1 just passed a cock-eyed squid. Half its luck.

Jack Flanders
09-22-2009, 04:18 PM
IFOR1 just has swum through a pod of conservationists!!! :D

Jack Flanders
09-22-2009, 04:26 PM
mo (if it's the one with an orange forehead, a blue to purple head, 2 long lt. green legs and 6 short pink tenacles) has been hunting for tasty crabs!

11-05-2009, 08:38 AM

11-24-2009, 03:20 PM

YsaPur EsChomuw
12-10-2009, 04:26 PM

12-15-2009, 12:56 PM
I wonder what its air-speed velocity is. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091215/ap_on_sc/as_australia_coconut_octopus)

YsaPur EsChomuw
12-21-2009, 06:37 PM

YsaPur EsChomuw
12-21-2009, 06:39 PM
Oh, and:


12-21-2009, 07:31 PM
^^^^^^^ yes Jackie, that is me!(mo)
my squid is 96 days old now
i am glad i finally remember to check in on him
i wonder how he has been getting on without me? :confused:

01-23-2010, 10:05 PM
Look out, they've had an epiphany.


02-02-2010, 05:43 PM
I for one hope the perpetrators of this heinous disregard for the Geneva Convention will be brought to justice. (http://www.wideopenwest.com/~ericandorsarah/Hideous%20Sea%20Creature/Hideous.htm)

02-13-2010, 05:42 PM
This (http://link.latimes.com/r/G8F1DR/ENWV2/6ECZI6/WBHCE/V1R4W3/OS/t) just in.

06-22-2010, 06:05 PM
Cephalopod Tea Party (http://cephalopodteaparty.blogspot.com/)

08-25-2010, 12:26 PM
Man accused of writing 'squid-octopus' virus
Destroyed files and replaced them with sea creature images
By John E Dunn, TechWorld

A Japanese man has been accused of a bizarre virus attack in which files on infected PCs were destroyed before having their file icons replaced with manga-like drawings of sea creatures.

According to Japanese site, Asahi.com, the Ikatako ('squid-octopus') virus is alleged to have been the work of twenty-seven year-old Masato Nakatsuji from Osaka prefecture who is also, not coincidentally, serving a suspended sentence for creating a similar icon replacement program in 2008.

Victims reported having the normal file icons on their PCs replaced with apparently home-made drawings of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. The files themselves became inaccessible, which might conceivably have been an unintended outcome of the infection.

"I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested," Nakatsuji is reported to have told Tokyo police.

One victim is said to have 11,000 out of 64,000 files on his PC destroyed before he realised that he had a virus. All told, it is believed that between 20,000 and 50,000 PCs in Japan might have been infected with the virus, distributed using a disguised file buried in the Winny file-sharing system.


YsaPur EsChomuw
02-15-2011, 08:53 AM
i want a kite (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/8325412/Pictures-of-the-day-15-February-2011.html?image=18) like this

Hyakujo's Fox
06-20-2012, 02:07 AM
in south korea, no one can hear you scream (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/squid-sperm_n_1599591.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular#s=3946 11)

08-07-2013, 12:52 PM

YsaPur EsChomuw
05-16-2014, 05:10 PM
The endless battle between squid and man depicts the time. The two men being held by the squid indicate the hours and minutes.

YsaPur EsChomuw
09-01-2014, 01:26 AM
ehm... and another watcher (http://www.kudoke.eu/en/watches/skeletons/kudoktopus.html)

09-02-2014, 01:09 PM
^"manual winding"

09-15-2014, 10:11 PM
Ysa, those watches are the best things ever.

09-15-2014, 10:31 PM
I hope none of you are missing this (http://youtu.be/8Yz_57uadUQ).

09-15-2014, 10:32 PM
Actually it might be just as well if Frieda is missing it since they are talking about some pretty big eyeballs.

09-18-2014, 02:32 PM
I'm not going to look.

09-20-2014, 08:26 PM
That's okay...it did enough looking for the both of you.