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  1. Arik_the_Red

    Arik_the_Red Cuttlefish Registered

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    Well, this is a real "dead" encounter... I was visiting my hometown of Port Orford, OR, last night and this morning went down to "Dock Beach," and found a big seagull party in the surf.

    I pulled this fella out of the water and just had to take pics and share with you all... As size goes, I would say the head was about 18-20 inches long.

    First Pic: The beach, about 3 hours before I found squidley...
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    The poor guy, dead in the surf after chasing off the birds:
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    Turned over to see the suckers:
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    Relocated, perching on the nearby rock, and then battery died so couldn't take more. If you look back at the beach pic, it's the large low rock in the beach, near the dock:
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  2. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Thanks for posting, those are very good pictures.

    It looks like a GPO to me. The suckers are definitely octopus, not squid (no stalks, no toothed rings). I don't see any oversized suckers, so I'm pretty sure it's a female GPO.
     
  3. Arik_the_Red

    Arik_the_Red Cuttlefish Registered

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    Yeah, I should have got the pic of the seagull mob, but oh well.... No mistaking our fine Pacific Giant Octopus, nope! I thought it'd be fun to post and let someone else identify. And I just used the term "squidley" for fun. My dad used to bring these "bad boys" home in gunny sacks on occasion after going out crabbing and catching one in a pot.

    You're siggy reminds me, I had originally shared the start of my novel here in the "Cthulhu" area.... I am back working on it again, and maybe oughtta post the subsequent chapters. Ya think? After all, I'm sure you'd like to see what's up with your old faculty colleague, Professor Ncklaus Schmitt, right? I made a few changes, placing the story in the real town (the port being shown in the pic above)... and bringing the setting to current day instead of late 1950s. I have the whole thing outlined, and am now getting started at putting the chapters into final format for publishing.
     
  4. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    You will definitely get readers if you post a link.

    Am I remembering right that the old prof had gone mad and there was something significant about a dream chaser given to a niece?
     
  5. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    I'd certainly appreciate getting to read more of that story; I remember some of the plot, but I should go re-read if you're posting an updated version :read:
     
  6. Arik_the_Red

    Arik_the_Red Cuttlefish Registered

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    That's the story, yup.

    Since you guys are Staff, I suppose I should ask... What should I do? Restructure the old thread, or start a new one? Chapters 1-4 are complete, and am developing the final formats of the rest.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    No reason not to resurrect the inital post so that anyone who read the first chapter will know the history.
     

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