[News]: Very Large Colossal Squid Caught

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monty

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dangit, why don't they ever show the EYES in these pictures...

the .doc file at the beginning has some more info: 450kg!

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Clem

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:shock:

Is this the same squid shown in the three photos posted here? (click) The operation performed to secure the new specimen looks like what's occurring in the third pic.

monty;88101 said:
dangit, why don't they ever show the EYES in these pictures...
Monty, I think they do show one eye! :grin:

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OB

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"Dr Steve O'Shea, from the Auckland University of Technology, says the previous largest find weighed 300 kilograms.

He says if calamari were made from the squid the rings would be the size of tractor tyres."

London Doubledecker tires, surely, good Doctor!

I'm thrilled and overjoyed at this, but sorry for the squid itself, obviously. So, will we now finally find out? Large eyes but mostly internalized, looking out thorough relatively tiny slits, as the first pictures seem to suggest?
 

aron hills

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Steve,
I really looking forward to any report you can provide after studying this incredible animal. Makes me want to come over to NZ today and ask if you need help!
 

octobot

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Clem

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...and this 450kg monster definitely is not the one we've recently seen pics of, since that one had a massive wound in the dorsal portion of the mantle. No such injury is visible in the AP-credited photo run by The Australian, or the BBC-hosted Getty Images shot (similar, but better)....

Edit:...as Architeuthoceras has already discovered!
 

OB

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No eyes, only gaffing damage :sad:

OK, any bets on ML? 2,50 m? 2,65 m?
 

Jean

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saw this on the tv news last night our own DR SOS was admirably restrained, I'd've been jumping up and down with excitement!!!

I hear it's heading to Te Papa (museum)......Steve are you getting a squiz first??????? Hope so, we'll be waiting for details!!!!!!!!

J
 

Sordes

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I would suppose it was about 1,45 times the mantle length of the last catched Mesonychoteuthis, this would be a bit over 2m when I remember the mantle length of the juvenile correctly.
 

OB

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I can recall from this site that it used to host an image of a huge, big mantle, big finned crimson squid, just below the surface; tiny black eyes. I think at the time Steve commented on that particular one that it was perhaps a spent female Moroteuthis. I would really like to get my hands on that since ommitted (!) photograph now, I feel a strange sense of recognition...
 

CapnNemo

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sad that it died, but well done to the crew for managing to get the mantle as well, can't have been easy gaffing [sic] and pulling that weight onboard without the head coming off.
 

OB

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They were actually smart enough to net the brute and save the mantle. Good men, regardless of their toothfishing habit...
 

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