You Must be Squidding

The 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which was a Disney adaptation of the Jules Verne story sticks in my mind for one iconic scene, the giant squid wrapped around the boat and the ensuing battle which takes place.

Step forward real life ….a colossal squid, yes that’s bigger than giant….was recently netted in New Zealand.  It is believed that there may be specimens of up to 14 metres in the deep oceans making it the largest known invertebrate on earth. Certainly big enough to wrap around a small dinghy!

Written by Sue Abbott



7 comments


    jose

    February 26, 2007

    Soon to be found at your local tapas bar..

    Andrew

    February 26, 2007

    Friendly looking fellas aint they!

    David

    February 26, 2007

    Squids are quite amazing creatures, their digestive tract passes through the middle of their brain, and despite being highly developed, they fundamentally are molluscs and still have the vestigal remains of their shell or “mantle”, which is a translucent, plastic-looking groove of material. They have also been key in the understanding of the nervous system, due to the massive size of their nerve cells. In order to maintain their buoyancy, their store ammonia a natural waste of protein digestion, like urine in their bodies, and so they wouldn’t actually be very nice to eat.

    So yes, I’m a bit a squid geek.

    theagingfanboy

    February 26, 2007

    Fantastic things. The small one’s can be staggering too. He’s a link to a film of an octopus whrapping six tentacles around its body, and then WALKING off on the other two.
    http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/03/24_octopus.shtml

    God

    February 26, 2007

    My favourite octopus clip is this “one”:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7004909622962894202 … keepers at “Seattle Aquarium”:http://www.seattleaquarium.org/ discovered that their 4 foot sharks were mysteriously dying and so they stayed up one night with a video camera to determine the culprit!

    Incidentally Seattle Aquarium is excellent – particularly if you can get “someone”:http://case.glam.ac.uk/CASE/StaffPages/NaomiTurnbull/NT.html to dress up as a sea otter when you visit!

    Jayne

    February 26, 2007

    Mmmmm…. not a great fan of aquariums myself…if you’re in Seattle, why not go up to Puget Sound and see the orcas in their native wild majesty, rather than in some sad confined captivity?
    Consider the case of Corky, the orca who is roughly the same age as myself, (42), but who has very sadly spent 42 years in captivity ‘performing’ for the public at San Diego Aquarium…I think I know which the animals would prefer.

    Squidexpert

    February 26, 2007

    yeah right!!! dude, the largest ever squid found was 18 metres and 1 metric ton!!! u need to research any squid better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh, by the way, nice pix.

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