[NEWS]: Falkland Islands Architeuthis

Phil

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An Architeuthis was captured in waters around the South Atlantic Falkland Islands on 5th March. It is en route to the Natural History Museum in London for study (hopefully display?). This animal was caught 30 miles SW of Weddell Island of off West Falkland. From the photo it looks like a biggie.....

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http://www.falkland-malvinas.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=3536
 

Steve O'Shea

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... and we had one caught in NZ last week too, but more on that ... one of these days. Long story.

Shame about the length and weight errors in the Falkland report. Commonly attain 5 metre ML and 20 m TL? This really is frustrating to have this nonsense perpetuated like this!

Yikes; Kat just brought the 2.7m ML measure to my attention; another exaggerated claim there! That's a VERY TALL man in the background then, with the squid in the foreground; at 200kg and TL of 30 foot it's ~ 2m ML (or less). Obviously it will have shrunk by the time it reaches London!
 

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"Dr. Arkhipin said that it is quite common for squid of this species to grow to a mantle length of 5 meters and an overall length of 20 meters."

sigh

bold face is mine...

[edit] ok, seems steve was a little quicker with the typing
 

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That is still a big squid...I am sure if you happened to be diving and it flared past you, it would give you the willies!
I wish I still had my map of the sea floor...(lost :( ) would be interesting to see if there is a trench around that area...anyone have one out there?
greg
 

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Idea

Maybe if we all spent $20 we could pool the money and buy :oshea: a squid-stretching rack like the ones medieval torturers used. Then he could just adjust the length of the archi to fit whatever the newspaper reported it as being. :P
 

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I'd probably put it to better use on straightening my back out. I've lifted one too many squid of late and am paying the price. It's a tad embarrassing when walking or siting somewhere and the nerves pinch, sending me into spiral to the ground or flying off a chair. Doesn't look good; tends to freak people out.
 

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Stretch your hamstrings my good doctor, if im not mistaken, tight hamstrings are among the leading causes of back pain....


cant wrestle those :mesonych: if youre not in fighting shape!
 

Steve O'Shea

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What strings? Where do I find those? Not sure if I have any actually; can't find the label anyway.

The vertebrae are all over the show I'm afraid, to the left, to the right, popping out and poking in. I think the stretching rack is a better proposition - might get rid of this headache too.
 

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Re: (NEWS): Falkland Islands Architeuthis

Phil said:
An Architeuthis was captured in waters around the South Atlantic Falkland Islands on 5th March...From the photo it looks like a biggie.....
...and it's using children as human shields. Will these depraved Falkland squid stop at nothing?

Clem
 

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