[News]: New Squid Species / this just in from yahoo

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  1. ubiquity

    ubiquity Blue Ring Registered

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    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Norwegian scientists who explored the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean said Thursday their findings — including what appear to be new species of fish and squid — could be used to protect marine ecosystems worldwide.

    okay!
    anyone have further info?
    i want to know about this!
    you guys were the first people that came to mind when google searches went sour.

    thank you so much for any heads up you can offer.
    ...and for those who remember me...sorry i've been gone so long! :)
     
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    AWESOME phil!!
    simply AWESOME!!!

    can you believe it???
    is this not GREAT???
    we'll be discovering yet undiscovered GIANT squids as well in no time!!!
    just BET on it!!!

    WOOHOOOOO!!!!
    i so love it when the money ends up in the hands of people who bring back results!
    the deep oceans are becomming less and less of a mystery!
    haleluja!!!
     
  4. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Please click below for a much larger detailed image of Promachoteuthis megapter. This has just been taken from the Press Release downloadable at the link given above.

    Full press briefing as follows:

     
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    okay...is it just the angle the shot was taken from or does the thing not have eyes???
     
  6. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Rather wow ay wot!! Immediate impression was some bizarre histioteuthid, but I'd never seen Promachoteuthis before (not this big). Respected names credited there - this will be a good one!

    How strange ......

    Squid rock! (and so does Neil)
     
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    hey steve!
    wouldn't care to answer this one for me,would you?
    lord knows if anyone has the answer around here it's you!

    are there cephs who's eyes have atrophied completely?

    and the photo up there is just taken from an angle that doesn't catch the eyes,right?

    ...i'm feeling slightly stupid at the moment. LOL!!
     
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    Great news! Thanks for posting ubiquity, I've edited the subject title a bit to standardize it with other news stories on the site. Thanks!
     
  9. Steve O'Shea

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    I'm not familiar with any squid or octopus in which the eyes have atrophied completely, but there certainly are some in which they have reduced considerably (and in the case of the cirrate octopus Cirrothauma, the lens has been lost in at least 1 species [depends if 'Cirroteuthis' magna is a species of Cirrothauma or not ... contentious issue]).

    This particular specimen has been fixed (preserved) whilst fresh/partially live. The head has retracted into the mantle (quite considerably), but the two eyes will be the two flattened protruberances on the side of the head (the angle of the photo and the condition of the specimen make it look eyeless).
    Cheers
    O
     
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    How exciting! It's not every day you get seemingly eyeless squid with breakfast.

    Thank you, Phil, for posting these photos so quickly.

    Melissa
     
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    I know I've already posted this on the original thread...

    Here's a link to the official expedition website:

    http://www.mar-eco.no/
     
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    Maybe i missed it, but how large is this squid?
     
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    Hi tjohnson,

    According to the Tree of Life pages on Promachoteuthis which you can view here, the squid is only known from three, very small specimens (10.5, 16.4 and 17 mm ML) and from one larger (50 mm ML) squid. There is no indication of the length of the new specimen in the press release but it looks larger than the 50mm specimen. It must be the largest specimen yet(?)

    Phil
     
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    so...
    any updates?

    anything new to add?

    anyone know of any websites i can go to that keep up with the latest discoveries of animal life.

    and on a side note...

    who's into crytozoology?

    nessie?
    bigfoot?

    any theories?
     
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    gee,..

    ...i guess not.
     
  16. Melissa

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    ubiquity, you've stumped us. I like Google news searches when I'm looking for anything new, but it's not so convenient as a site dedicated to new animal news.

    I know there are cryptozoo fans here, but a search for the word cryptozoology will be no use as none of us can spell it correctly.

    Melissa
     
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    Apologies ubiquity, I must have somehow missed your post the first time round.

    I find that site a very useful source for marine news and reports of discoveries. It gets updated almost everyday and I've used it a great deal in the past for stories to post here: Underwater Times

    Will post more sites worthy of mention as and when I come across them. There's a lot of crypto sites out there but I'd imagine Fortean Times is a good place to start. High weirdness indeed!

    Ta,

    Phil
     
  18. Emperor

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    Indeed ;)

    We (I'm one of the forum moderators) have a Cryptozoology forum:

    www.forteantimes.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=7

    and other forums can touch on odd animal behaviour like the recent report of a two legged dog which walks like a human:
    www.forteantimes.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=17454

    There are lots of older articles from the magazine archived and some of the leading lights in the field write for the mag (Loren Coleman, Karl Shuker, etc.).

    There is also the Centre for Fortean Zoology (run by Jon Downes another regular contributor to the mag):
    www.cfz.org.uk/interactive/forum.htm

    This also seems to be an active forum:
    www.cryptozoology.com/forum/forum.php
     
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    thanks gang!

    :D
     

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