Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis) Pictures

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  1. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Here are some close-up, more detailed shots of the Mesonychoteuthis than you'll find in the syndicated stories. Unfortunately I can only post three at a time...

    These are overviews of the whole animal, and the beak.

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  2. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Here are some close-ups of the arm suckers and hooks.

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  3. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    And the tentacle clubs...

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    Sarrah Larval Mass Registered

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    AWESOME photos, thanks for posting. i want to put one of them on my desktop=)
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  5. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi Kat and Steve,


    BIIIIIIIIIIIG favour to ask :D

    As you know I work part time at our aquarium and this school holiday (starting 12 April) is called "Aliens of the Sea" We're featuring the weird and wonderful from the ocean and we'd love to print off the photos Kat just posted and use them in displays.................would that be OK???

    Cheers

    J
     
  6. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    .... I've no problem - just as long as nobody else proposes to her as a consequence! :D ! (nobody has ever proposed to me online before!) :x

    ....awaiting Kat's verdict on the matter
     
  7. Octomatt

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    These are such great pics! :shock: Just had to chime in. :D
     
  8. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Oops, sorry to respond late, go for it! :)
     
  9. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Thanks heaps, we will of course give proper photo credits!!

    J
     
  10. BruceL

    BruceL Larval Mass Registered

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    Wow

    Just wanted to chime in and say thank you for posting the pictures.

    Don't let Peter Benchley see them, though... the last thing we need is a The Beast 2.
     
  11. Fujisawas Sake

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    Heeey... No Benchley Bashing! :lol:

    Really though, "Jaws" was a terrific novel, but even Benchley himself has been saddened by what he viewed as anti-shark backlash due to his creations. I understand though... demonizing such creatures comes from what I think is a deep-seated need the collective unconscious of humanity has for monsters. Beats me as to why, though....

    I still wouldn't want to be in the water with a Messie though...

    Thankee-sai for the photos, Madame Tintenfisch

    Waiting for the Rise of the Squibbons,

    John
     
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    Wow!!! Thanks for the pics!!! Such hard (smelly) work and you guys are having a blast!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Amazing stuff!!!
     
  13. WhiteKiboko

    WhiteKiboko Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    with all those long tables, i bet you guys would have no problem holding quite the banquet.....
     
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    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    WK,

    Are you proposing an all-squid menu?

    Melissa
     
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    WhiteKiboko Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    that wasnt my intention, but its not a horrible thought....start off with soup and/or salad, then a little fried squid, maybe a pasta, then could finish up with jello shaped like a ceph.... steve and kat certainly have enough tables to seat the entire tonmo community (dont see any chairs though) :)
     
  16. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Here are two further images of Mesonychoteuthis beaks (recovered from the stomach contents of a stranded sperm whale). They are considerably darkened, almost burnt in appearance - something in marked contrast to the fresh beaks depicted in an earlier image.

    Cheers
    O

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  17. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    ....and from the fresh Mesonychoteuthis specimen, a couple of spooky shots (eery lighting) of the hooks and sucker ring.

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  18. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    All that first sucker ring shot needs is a band of Elvish writing around the outside... ;)
     
  19. WhiteKiboko

    WhiteKiboko Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    three for architeuthis, with their smell so foul
    seven for GPOs in their cold holes
    and nine for humboldts, who above all else, crave lunch

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  20. Fujisawas Sake

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    Lethal hooks.... YEESH :shock:

    Any idea if this is a more raptorial species than Architeuthis? Are they better hunters?

    Sushi and Sake,

    John
     

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