2014 Living Giant Squid Video!!

Discussion in 'Architeuthidae' started by tonmo, Jan 9, 2014.

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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorry for responding via FB first :) Quite a specimen! Amazes me every time, to see just how fragile they are; the mere handling of the specimen caused its skin to abrase straight off and its eye to apparently pop out and deflate. They are so adept to just hovering in the water column, with neither gravity, nor contact with any type of surface being a factor of concern, ever. Up close and personal the skin is so thin, it's scary. Mesonychoteuthis, for instance, has a much more robust skin type; the contrast is striking.
     
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    That is awesome!

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    I wonder if the skin is that delicate in living animals. Octos skin (top layer only) is like that a bit after death and when you find one that has died in an aquarium, you will note a thin layer has started to slough off. This may have something to do with the clean-up crew but I don't think so. I don't see it on the frozen food octos so I think saltwater may have an affect.
     

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