[News] Another giant squid stranding

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  1. myopsida

    myopsida Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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  2. baldtankman

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    Looks like a job for..... no wait darn it that was last year. Nice picture in the Dominion this morning.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    You can always wear a disguise (Steve's cod, uh I mean hairpiece and an lris leis should do the trick) and volunteer if you are missing being included in the action :sagrin:
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    :shock:
     
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    Scary thought that
     
  6. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Was it really collected in a marine reserve (as in removed from the beach .... tsk tsk ...)? :oops:
     
  7. myopsida

    myopsida Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    ummmm/ no comment
     
  8. myopsida

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    about those waders.....I assume they are being well rinsed in the Ruamahunga?
     
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    As often as the wind and rain will allow. A bit of a windy blast today.
     
  10. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    If it was such a freshly dead squid, I wonder what the cause of death is?
     
  11. Brock Fluharty

    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    The title seems misleading...it says "Giant no match for colossal cousin", but at the bottom, it says that giants are longer. Then it says that no male colossals are known to have been found, but didn't they say that this one was a male? Maybe I'm misreading the article...
     
  12. baldtankman

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    Help I can young skywalker.

    Giant squid are longer mostly because of their two very long tentacles whereas Colossal squid are heavier and have a much boarder body..

    No male Colossal squid have been found, this specimen is a Giant squid and is probably a male.

    Helpful?

    M:cyclops:
     
  13. Brock Fluharty

    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Ahh ok. Thanks for clearing that up!

    :)

    Brock Fluharty
     
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    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Why are there no males found though? Any suggested reasons why in the science community?
     
  15. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The reasons why only females are found is that they so far have been the only gender found interested in devouring hooked Patagonian Toothfish; they're all bycatch (not sure whether the trawled Russian Specimen of the early eighties was caught whilst fishing for toothfish). This anecdotal "evidence" suggests different diets and/or predation habits for male and female, maybe based on a marked size difference between the genders. I am relatively certain that studying antarctic sperm whale gut content might turn up a male or two, unless they are a lot faster or at a very different position in the water column until such time that the urge to procreate makes both genders meet at some stage.
     
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    There is some unpublished genetic data that (in my humble opin) points to a mass spawning event for A. dux. So maybe the males and females live completely separate lives?
     
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    ... or maybe A. duxuess consumes A. dux if he gets close enough to mate :sagrin:
     
  18. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    That has been documented...
     
  19. baldtankman

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    A post coital snack? Maybe...
     

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