Large Underwater Squid Photo -ID Please?

Discussion in 'ID Requests' started by Rob Romero, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Rob Romero

    Rob Romero Blue Ring Registered

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    These Pics were posted some time ago. Does anyone know the story behind the photos. Where and when they were taken? Size estimate? Species?

    Thanks,

    Rob
     

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    Interesting... i don't remember having seen those before.... sadly i'm no help id wise...
     
  3. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh, we've seen these before alright, if I'm not mistaken this is a 1,5 meter ML Moroteuthis, grand old lady of squid...
     
  4. Rob Romero

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    Ob, any idea of the circumstances in which the photos were taken?

    Rob
     
  5. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    We've seen these before? Where?

    If this is a 1.5m ML Moroteuthis, it would have to be M. robusta depending on location. But the fins don't look right to me, and you should be able to see some sculpture on the mantle - fleshy longitudinal ridges. You can see them in the pics of another large M. robusta specimen in this thread.
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, I definitely have seen these earlier, but you're right on the fins, Kat. The first time I saw these I was impressed with the damage due to attempted predation and the "wartiness". The shot of the head is somewhat distorted, Dosi?
     

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