Mystery squid 1

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  1. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Anyone want to tell me what squid this came from :D

    It's a hook taken from one of the arms.

    .....more to be revealed .... soon

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  2. joel_ang

    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    Its been a long time. Well i guess it belongs to a colossal squid :meso:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    That would be my guess as well, but it would seem the punch line will not be quite so simple. Do tell more!
     
  4. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Nope, not the colossal squid I'm afraid (this particular hook is at least twice the length of those on the colossal squid :goofysca: ).

    Should be published ~ August 2003 (is 'in press' right now); it's used for something pretty horrible. :yuck:

    You'll probably hear about it when it's finally out.
     
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    Moroteuthis robusta?
     
  6. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    ..... getting colder :mrgreen:

    This thing (both hook and squid) are without parallel - pretty sensational find in fact. There are quite a number of 'giant' squid out there :tentacle:
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    grrrrrrrrt!!! :x You're lucky you're on the other side of the planet. :D

    Kondakovia longimana, the giant warty squid???? :?:
     
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    Egad!!
    I just popped up for a look and what do I find? Dr O has found a big hook!

    How big is the hook Dr O? And can you give us a clue as to how big the giant killer squid is that had this thing attached to it's arm???
     
  9. WhiteKiboko

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    is it used by Halpoteuthis ferox as a bottle opener?

    as for a real guess, is it used in some kinky mating activity?

    :cthulhu: :heart: :beer:
     
  10. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Seriously: Is there any point in us guessing? If this is a new species then we'll never get it! :shock:

    Silly: Is this a Sperm Whale toothpick?
     
  11. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    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 :goofysca:
     
  12. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Where'd this cool periscope come from?????
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Looks like GeoffC found that periscope somewhere in the Internet ether, good find! I'll add it to the smilies list, along with a few others I've been meaning to add...
     
  14. Steve O'Shea

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    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?

    Might be a subject worthy of discussion.
    Cheers
    O
     
  15. Phil

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    GEOFFC!

    It may be non-ceph but tell please us all about your elephant bone you found in a 13th century pit in Chester (UK). Elephants were unknown in the UK then, obviously.

    Perhaps best do this on another topic though; I don't really want to sidetrack this interesting discussion.

    (We studied archaeology together, me and Geoff, and have dug on a few of the same sites together).
     
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    Yo Steve
    Now you've got us all hooked in - what journal will you be publishing in? :oshea:
     
  17. Steve O'Shea

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    Tiz in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (JMBA), or something like that. August I recall (expected); we'll see. My lips are sealed until then :mrgreen:
     
  18. GeoffC

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    Kvestchons kvestchons olveys kvestchons

    :periscop:
    Hi Dr O, Peri the Scope? :oops: Actually he's my own creation, he may get to do other stuff in the future but for now he's just scopin' Glad you like him.

    Thanks Tony

    Hi Phil
    I'll post you a reply about Medieval elephants on the fossil board (cos it's r'elephant here :jester: - originally from Duck Soup Tani informed us a while ago but worth another mention I say)

    Cheers peeps

    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?

    Inquiring minds need to know!
    Geoff
     
  19. joel_ang

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    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 :?
     
  20. Steve O'Shea

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    Nope, not Taningia I'm afraid.

    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).
    Cheers
    O
     

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