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madasacutsnake 05-02-2008 08:44 AM

Squid Overlord Thread Part 2 (Keep on Squiddin')
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/Eng...onsAndResearch...
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.

T.I.P. 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.'

brightpearl 07-19-2008 10:08 PM

trisherina 07-20-2008 01:31 AM

:mad: Forgive them, squid overlords! :(

brightpearl 07-20-2008 11:08 AM

I thought it was a cephalopodian day spa!!!
With Dead Sea salt scrub...?


xfox 07-20-2008 08:28 PM

Yes, but what if the colossal squid casts his gaze on you?

Odbe 07-24-2008 07:30 AM


zero 11-25-2008 02:56 PM


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

trisherina 11-26-2008 02:30 AM


madasacutsnake 11-26-2008 07:45 AM

Holy freakin hell. Yup. Thanks for that.

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

disturbin stuff

brightpearl 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


zero 12-22-2008 02:39 PM

the christmas siphonophore 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.

brightpearl 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.

trisherina 12-23-2008 02:24 AM

Reminds me of a bridesmaid dress.

xfox 12-29-2008 01:03 AM

Why not serve this before bed

brightpearl 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.

brightpearl 01-04-2009 03:05 PM

Roaster of dogs, eater of souls.

madasacutsnake 01-07-2009 06:57 AM

Move over squids. Prepare to welcome your new overlords.

YsaPur EsChomuw 01-07-2009 02:58 PM

brightpearl 01-22-2009 07:55 PM

Then they came for the kitties and still I remained quiet.

xfox 01-25-2009 11:34 PM

I was on the beach and then

YsaPur EsChomuw 02-18-2009 07:21 PM


treekisser 02-19-2009 12:37 PM


treekisser 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

trisherina 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

shy guy

Hyakujo's Fox 03-29-2009 10:01 PM

uh oh, looks like we didn't count on alien giant squids!

brightpearl 07-26-2009 10:42 PM

I'm betting it's a feint.
A red herring, if you will.

madasacutsnake 09-16-2009 07:49 AM

Build your own overlord. 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!

MoJoRiSin 09-16-2009 07:05 PM

^mo :D :D

madasacutsnake 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!

12"razormix 11-05-2009 08:38 AM

zero 11-24-2009 03:20 PM

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