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  1. Infusoria

    Infusoria Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    We have another Giant Squid. Here are some pics...
     

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    Infusoria Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Some more

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    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I posted a few more pics here. :smile:

    :squidaut:
     
  5. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Is that rattail its last proverbial supper, or simply bycatch? Lampreys, rattails, tsssk...
     
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    Infusoria Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    The rattail in question (there were 3) turns out to be Caelorinchus maurifasciatus, about which virtaully nothing is known. As far as I know, all that is known about this species is the original paper describing it. I'll be doing gut-content analysis on them later this week. There was also a barracudina in there as well. These fish were bycatch that just got caught up with the squid in the trawl net.
     
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    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Is it just me? Or does the first picture of the second post have a green tinge to it?
     
  8. Infusoria

    Infusoria Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Hmm I suppose it does have a greenish cast. Dunno why. Must be something greenish there...
     
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    Some more - after defrosting

    These are pre-formalin...
     

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    Giant Squid caught by Taiwanese fisherman

    This story today 12-21 on Taiwan news paper Chinatime
    of a giant squid captured. check it out.

    http://photo.chinatimes.com/photofile/newsweb/today.htm

    story translate:
    GIANT SEA MONSTER
    a 6 meters length giant squid appeared at
    TongGoang fish market(東港). Visiting
    kindergarten children all amazed with mouth their wide open.
    For the whole day, Skiper Mr. HongJehShan and machanic
    HongShihCheng were telling their story of fighting the
    sea monster.

    joe chow
     

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  11. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Another one arrived today; pics soon enough when we defrost it. It's been a few months since we saw one.:smile:
     
  12. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    :bus:Soooo, I guess we get to compare Eric to the new squid in stead of a London bus?
     
  13. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    That's the plan ...:mrgreen:

    Gonna spoil him rotten!
     
  14. Infusoria

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    I was completely wrong with the rattail ID :oops:. It turned out to be Caelorinchus aspercephalus, but you knew that anyway...
     
  15. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Well we just picked it up, and now smell glorious! It's a big female, easily 250kg
     

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    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    .... and with a little tricky repositioning, got it in the tray and safely transported to work. It will defrost in the back of the van tonight .... and tomorrow .... and .....
     

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    Just don't leave the remains near an apartment air conditioning intake :sagrin:
     
  18. OB

    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Most of the inhabitants suffered permanent loss of smell following the "Mola mola incident", anyway, so I would say "beyond concern", now :wink:
     
  19. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    It smells 'fine'. It's a bit damaged, but I'll know more today. (It was still rather frozen yesterday, and it is obvious that its digestive gland ruptured when they picked it up off the beach and transported; there's a possibility that the head is also separated from the mantle.)

    Here are just afew shots, a blow-by-blow account of what's involved getting a slippery, smelly mass from the back of the wagon into a tank in cramped quarters (there are two other fixing tanks to the immediate left of this squid .... both full) in a carpark with a few onlookers.

    Formalin and cleaning goes on today.
     

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  20. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Tiz heavy and big, though the images don't really show this (we've been spoilt with Colossal).
     

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