Colossal Squid off Australia - Science 2.0 (blog)

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Colossal Squid off Australia
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[SIZE=-1]A new instance of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltonii, more commonly known as the colossal squid: A HUGE squid weighing 120 kilograms found off Portland [Australia, not Oregon] last week is believed to be a rare species to south-west waters.[/SIZE]
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Well, that is very interesting news.

You know, that arm stuck to that Kaikoura Canyon sperm whale the other week did look rather odd for Architeuthis. Enlarged photo of Kaikoura whale below. Rows of small marks, lighter than the whales skin, are visible; the green lines trace their curvatures. Now, to me, some of marks look like short hook marks scratches, and the visible sucker structures on the severed arm look pretty robust. Besides, hooks are probably more apt to hold fast to the whale then suckers. If Mesonychoteuthis is heading North with some frequency,* I'm just sayin' that Kaikoura's latitude isn't much lower than Portland's. Fun thought.

Hope we'll get some pics of the Portland thing.

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* All depends on whether or not the Portland squid really was Meso and not some poorly-known or unknown cousin.
 

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Portland Austrailia, not Oregon, says the article. I don't know where in Austrailia Portland is... need to look it up when I'm not on a phone.

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