Giant Squid in the news (except it ISN'T a Giant Squid)

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  1. CapnNemo

    CapnNemo Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Hello all. I got a Google News alert for Giant Squid today from a boat race.

    Imagine my joy when the search engine had picked this phrase to display:

    "As the fleet fly east across the southern ocean, sightings of wildlife have been reported by every team with talk of giant squid, albatross and whales".

    But on clicking through, it doesn't sem to be Archi.

    "The first of the wildlife reports came in from ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) relating their giant squid tale. The six foot squid attached itself to ABN AMRO ONE’s rudder, forcing the sailors to cant the boat over even further to lift the windward rudder out of the water and allow the squid to untangle itself".

    Sailor's yarn? What do you think?

    Full report here:

    http://www.sail-world.com/newstext/pda.cfm?Nid=21846&RequestTimeOut=180
     
  2. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    1) Why did a six foot squid latch itself onto a rudder

    2) Why does it have to be out of the water to untangle itself

    It just seems a bit fishy to me...

    :sink:
     
  3. CapnNemo

    CapnNemo Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    That's what I thought. Remember the hoax with the boat race and the GS?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2661691.stm
     
  4. Graeme

    Graeme Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    What team's boat was it on? Maybe it put a bet on one of the other teams to win:wink:

    :boat: :archi: ---[NOOOO!!! I put £20 on that race!!]

    Graeme
     
  5. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Maybe it's a sign that Old Ones are disgruntled at the crew of that boat...
     
  6. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    We had a brief talk about the 2003 'encounter' on this old thread:

    http://www.tonmo.com/community/index.php?threads/178/&highlight=verne

    A giant squid attacks a yacht during the Jules Verne Trophy race? Yep, I'm sure it did. This new incident involving a Dutch boat sounds like good-natured one-upmanship to me. I bet the crew claimed the story as a joke as a nod to the crew of the Geronimo.

    If any pictures of this new incident emerge, I'll eat my hat.

    (Eats...)
     
  7. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Oh, here's photographic proof of a third incident in Feb 2004 involving yet another boat.
     
  8. Castor

    Castor Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Wow! Squid seem to be problematic to boats. I'm sure they are mistaking the boats for giant humans, tho. I wonder how long it will take for giant cuttles to begin attacking 6 gill sharks, or better yet, orca! :goofysca: and then begin attacking boats in their insatiable quest to take over the 7 seas!
     

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