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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:41 am    Post subject: [TWT] Giant squid! Reply with quote

The first thing I thought of when I read that a few Japanese scientists had filmed a live giant squid back in Sept '05 was the scene in Rugrats Go Wild where Nigel borrows Susie's Polaroid to do this. Of course, the Japanese scientists were more successful in their attempt.

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SpiderBraids: In 2003's "Rugrats Go Wild", Nigel made an (unsuccessful, unfortunately) attempt to Polaroid a giant squid, and thought to himself, "That's the way it should be." Well... the Japanese have just done what Nigel was trying to do.

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Scientists capture giant squid on camera

Tue Sep 27, 7:17 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have taken the first photographs of one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- the giant squid.

Until now the only information about the behavior of the creatures which measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets.

But Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo have captured the first images of Architeuthis attacking bait 900 meters (yards) below the surface in the cold, dark waters of the North Pacific.

"We show the first wild images of a giant squid in its natural environment," they said in a report on Wednesday in the journal Proceedings B of the Royal Society.

Little is known about the creatures because it has been so difficult to locate and study them alive. Large ships and specialist equipment, which is costly, are needed to study deep sea environments.

The Japanese scientists found the squid by following sperm whales, the most effective hunters of giant squid, as they gathered to feed between September and December in the deep waters off the coast of the Ogasawara Islands in the North Pacific.

They used a remote long-line camera and depth logging system to capture the giant squid in the ocean depths.

"The most dramatic character of giant squids is the pair of extremely long tentacles, distinct from the eight shorter arms. The long tentacles make up to two-thirds of the length of the dead specimens to date," the scientists said in the journal.

They added that the giant squid appear to be a much more active predator than researchers had suspected and tangled their prey in their elongated feeding tentacles.


Rebecca 10: Wow thatis so cool.

Darwin: I heard about that on the news

RR_Raptor65: They have video too, and it lost one of it's arms to the snare they were using (No problem if your a squid of course, but I'll bet it hurt).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9503272/

I believe there was a man who caught a glimpse of the squid before this though. (Its suspected it was chasing a school of smaller squid and flashed infront of the camera)

nickelodeon: Oh cool.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surpris I saw the pics the Japanese uploaded. ISTG, that creature is one nasty, ugly mackelfarper. The species probably inspired Lovecraft to think up the Cthulu (sp?).
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