Giant Squid?????

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  1. jm

    jm Larval Mass Registered

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    Can anybody help me identify this squid?

    It was found beached in Queen charlotte's island

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  2. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hmmmmm. What a find; I hope you placed it in the back of your van and raced to the nearest cool store/freezer! I'd give you US$5000 for that!! It looks like an absolute stunner.

    I don't know the location at all, but it's got that Moroteuthis robusta look to it.
     
  3. OctopusV

    OctopusV GPO Registered

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    :shock: Woah, that's a real find! And in pretty good shape!
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Welcome to TONMO.com and congratulations on your find!

    Nancy
     
  5. OctopusV

    OctopusV GPO Registered

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    Oh, and by the way, Queen Charlotte's Island is in good old Canada. If I'm not mistaken.
     
  6. Clem

    Clem Architeuthis Supporter Registered

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    JM,

    In circumstances like these, there's only one thing to do: strut.

    Congratulations.

    :notworth:

    Clem
     
  7. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Oh goodness, that is awesome! Thankyou for posting the image.

    Did you measure the squid? Any idea of length? Surely this is Moroteuthis (Jean, where are you?)

    Queen Charlotte's Island is also a good source of ammonites. Where did you hide the shell? :wink:
     
  8. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Awesome shot! What a find!!!!

    And welcome! :welcome:

    Carol
     
  9. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    well I'm with Steve.....looks Moroteuthis robustaish That red colour!!! and it looks as if it has some calcareous placks beneath the skin on the mantle!


    J
     
  10. jm

    jm Larval Mass Registered

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    Thank you very much for all the information about the squid.
    Phil, The lenght was between 5-6 feet, we didn't mesure it!!!

    The picture was actually taken by Kathy Johnson

    Thank you !

    This website ROCKS!!!!!!
     
  11. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    So what happened to the squid?

    Nancy
     
  12. Octomush

    Octomush Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Thats what I would like to know. Hmmm 5000 dollars an extremely generouse offer if u ask me! And by the way welcome back!
     
  13. jm

    jm Larval Mass Registered

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    You guys will probably ban me from your website!

    I didn't know squidlysquat about squids before trying to identify the one on our picture.

    To be honest, the tide was coming up quickly and we were 10km away from the exit of the beach. North beach is well know for swallowing cars, so we left it with mother nature...
     
  14. Cephkid

    Cephkid Sepia elegans Supporter

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    Oh, poopie. :P
     
  15. Melissa

    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Most of us get here with very little knowledge and a bit of curiosity, just like you.

    :shock: Sounds like the tide tables are a necessity near you. Octomush, does the tide affect your access to your cove?

    Melissa
     
  16. Snafflehound

    Snafflehound GPO Registered

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    The QCI

    :canada: The Queen Charlotte Islands, also known as Haida Gwaii, are located about as far west as you can get in North America. All sorts of things wash up on the beaches. Basically if it floats in the North Pacific it will end up here sooner or later.

    I never found a squid though. :notworth: Very good!
     
  17. bmasta

    bmasta Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    i could be wrong but it looks kind of fake could be a adobe photoshop
     
  18. sumthinfishy

    sumthinfishy Larval Mass Registered

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    Ummm....I don't really know how well you can fake a picture these days but the squid does have a shadow, which is a detail that might have been looked over if it was faked. More than that, the lines on the squid shadow matchup exactly with the lines of the vans shadow. Thats all.
     
  19. Cephkid

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    squid looks real to me....
     
  20. Cephkid

    Cephkid Sepia elegans Supporter

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    squid looks real to me....
    Besides, a lot of people have had things happen to them that people wouldn't believe. Would you believe I saw a kind algae on a turtles back in florida once that shined in such a way that it looked like the bottom of those pools in those smarmy seaworld commercials,. despite the fact that it was pitch-black out? I doubt it. Would you believe that in the bahamas I saw some kind of skate hatch in a tidepool? I doubt that too. Or that I nearly touched a wild reef-squid that ignored me alltogether, nearly caught a moray eel with a piece of fish, and at one time nearly got stung by a highly toxic scorpionfish in a collection class at camp-and proceded to name it like I would a pet? I highly doubt that. I have had things happen to me that people didn't believe happened. But they did. I believe this guy 100% to be honest. Not yelling at you, just saying-don't assume it's a hoax.
     

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