- Oct 19, 2003
This photograph, from the 2003-2004 Heard Island expedition (sub antarctic) has always intrigued me. It was taken, using an autotrigger device, at a depth of 200 meters, prior to Tsunemi Kubodera's famous Bonin Islands series. As far as I know, it has always been classified as simply an "unknown large squid", but I have an inclination to (want to?) believe it might be Architeuthis. The one thing which always kept me from stating anything definitively is the clearly visible dorsal "line", where the mantle musculature connects to the gladius, a feature of which I am unaware of in Architeuthis. Also, arm length apears to be towards the short side of the giant squid spectrum. I'll let you be the judge...