Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni from 1981

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  1. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Alexander Remeslo is the copyright owner of this famous photo of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (Colossal Squid). We've been exchanging emails and he gave me permission to share this photo and also his story - (I've only edited it for grammar per his request; he is from Russia).

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    Colossal Squid caught by Soviet trawler in 1981. This specimen, an immature female, was caught at 760 m (2500 feet) in the Antarctic off Dronning Maud Land by the Soviet trawler Evrica in 1981. Photo by Alexander Remeslo (Russia) copyright, all rights reserved.

    His story below:

     

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    Clem Architeuthis Supporter Registered

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    Wow, Tony. :cheers:

    On the bottom during the day. Good to know, for anyone who goes looking for them. Interesting to see the clubs "clenched."

    Clem
     
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    Anyone, indeed... :oshea:

    Some folks on FB seemed a bit upset about the photo and the associated story (link to FB post here), which is understandable, but in the end I'm all for learning from what has already happened. Of course, bottom trawling sucks. But I appreciate Dr. Remeslo sharing his photos and stories from events that happened over 30 years ago.

    Here is another photo he shared, which is also copyrighted by him. The Messie beak!



    Photo of Alexander Remeslo (Russia) copyright, all rights reserved.
     

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    Photo credit fixed above; that is a photo of Alexander himself :smile: - he promises more to come.

    :meso:
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sincerely curious re the eyes on the trawl caught specimen. Even having seen them in real life, pictures would intrigue me, as I was never able to fully understand the above photograph. Historic debt, Clem "knows"...
     
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    ...watch this space... incoming! Will post this by this weekend.
     
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    OOO! That sounds exciting!
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Got a lot of good stuff sent from Alex... just exchanging emails with him, want to line up permissions before sharing. Stand by and sorry for delay!
     
  9. Clem

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    Yeah, it still looks to me like there was some sort of lid structure covering the sclera (white of the eye), with the lens bulging through the aperture. I know such a structure wasn't documented in Te Papa's monster. Maybe someone ate it, nudge nudge wink wink.

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Dang! You got me! In all honesty, the eyes had retracted somewhat in the thawed te papa specimen, likely due to the fact that they are basically open to the surrounding sea water, I would guess, extrapolating from related cranchiids. We did establish the opening of the eye to be of similar size to the spherical lense and basically round, rather than (more or less) teardrop shaped, as is the case in Architeuthis. I still, therefore, underwrite your position. (Is that English?)
     
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    By the English definition, underwriters are in the corporate insurance business. If you'd like to insure my interpretation, by all means do.:wink:

    Clem
     
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    So...where the new photos at?

    Clem
     
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    ...tomorrow! - I got everything I needed throughout this week (right up to yesterday morning) in terms of permissions, accompanying stories, clarifications, etc. Just need to organize and share. Watch this space!
     
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    Yes!

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    Clem you are going to be somewhat annoyed with me. I forgot that Dr. Remselo kindly asked me to review the content before posting it. I need to do some more work and have sent him a follow-up for some additional information as well. However I can leave you with this:

    1) He sent me photos and details about Antarctic toothfish that were clearly damaged by M. hamiltoni. I've asked for some further detail from the studies he conducted to learn more about facts surrounding the toothfish (their depth, size, etc.)

    2) He sent me some impressive photos of colossal squid tentacles replete with its eviscerating swivel hooks

    3) Photo of said tentacles found in stomach of toothfish

    4) Photo of sucker rings

    5) one or two additional photos of the colossal squid itself

    To whet your appetite attached is a photo of "Marat Yukuchev with tentacles" - copyright Alexander Remselo. This photo was taken 2011-2012 during the voyage around Antarctic on board the S. Korean longliner Hong Jin #701.
     

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    Not annoyed at all, Tony, sounds like you're doing everything right (and doing right by Remeslo).

    1. Cool.
    2. Very cool.
    3. Wait, what?
    4. Cool.
    5. Yes.

    Looking forward to all of it.

    Clem
     
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    Out of keratin....
     
  18. tonmo

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    Sorry guys, triaging site problems... I've got a bunch of info I absolutely will share in coordination with Alex... we've waited 30 years, what's a few more weeks? :smile: :rolleyes:
     
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    You can have my fingernails, OB, I'm not using them for anyth--no, hang on, that ain't right.
     
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    The mob is restless...
     
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