Super squid sex organ discovered
[SIZE=-1]The male squid's sexual organ is almost as long as its whole body, including the squid's mantle, head and arms. That shows how male deep-sea squid...[/SIZE]
There is a video somewhere (research fails to relocate it but I am quite sure it was on YouTube) of Steve giving a demonstration ... Failing to find it, I linked to the photo that was subsequently posted and then reposted above. Really need to find that video ...
Certainly not new news!! George Jackson was working on M. ingens when I was doing my Masters (eons ago) and I was his research assistant, we regularly found similarly well equipped males, but as he was concentrating on age at the time, the length & weight were recorded and we moved on, I imagine the data is languishing in a notebook somewhere in Georges vast collection of data books!
The one part I'm not too keen on is the fact that when the squid is described as moribund, it still means alive. Cutting open the mantle of a live squid is about as bad as what happens on fishing vessels, on a daily basis. Do ethics come in at all, or am I just being silly, here? I'll go and hug a tree, now...
I was wondering about how it could have been dead and still reacted and looked back to see. I assumed "moribund" meant dead so I found it curious and decided it was likely NOT dead but assumed to be so. Now, looking up the definition, it could have been in any state since it was obviously "near death", having been placed on the dissection table.