Quite correct (he says safe and secure in an office in the southern hemisphere, pulling faces 8) ). This has come from a squid that is not supposed to have hooks (it is quite a well-known squid, in that it was described in ..... hmmmmmm ...... don't want to give anything away ..... quite a long time ago). Ja, it's pretty bizarre!
..... but you want to see what we found out in Tasmania
GeoffC sure did stumble on a good one there. I just took a wee squiz at your profile there Geoff, noting you're an archaeologist, with interests in paleontology and natural history (there was a third interest there I recall but I'm getting old and forgetful). Pretty cool. Ever found any squid beaks, gladius or hooks at any midden site/dig, or are you familiar with any such finds?
I'll post you a reply about Medieval elephants on the fossil board (cos it's r'elephant here - originally from Duck Soup Tani informed us a while ago but worth another mention I say)
But back to the hook, in land animals I think you can tell a great deal about them from their teeth and claws, what they eat, if they hunt and maybe how they catch their food, does it work like that with squid/octopus hooks?
I think the hook belongs to Taningia Danae. I know this isn't really a giant squid. But I figured since it doesn't have feeding tentacles it might need a good grip on prey.But I doubt this is correct :?
Am working on another specimen of 'giant Octopoteuthis' (we now have a male and a female), the description of which will require us to look at/describe the hooks of Taningia in greater detail (for comparison). We'll be able to post some interesting (I hope) illustrations of these hooks in a few months (and will probably throw in a few onychoteuthid, enoploteuthid and cranchiid [e.g., Mesonychoteuthis] hooks, just for comparison - a wee TONMO special).
I'd be very surprised if anyone figured out what 'Mystery squid 1' was - that's why I placed it online (although a few people that reviewed the manuscript will know).