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    Default No Joke: Nearly 20 Foot Long, 103 Pound Giant Squid Captured In Gulf Of Mexico

    Holy tentacles! Giant squid caught off Louisiana

    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Writer

    NEW ORLEANS --Government scientists off Louisiana's coast reached down more than 1,500 feet and pulled up a giant squid - the first ever caught alive in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The last time scientists got a giant squid from the gulf to study was in 1954. The animal was floating, dead on the water.

    This one - an immature animal about 19 1/2 feet long and 103 pounds - was alive when it was netted July 30 during a practice trawl for a study planned in January of the endangered sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico and their food supply.

    "We don't study the deep water much. When we do, we find pretty spectacular things. This is a good example of that," said Michael Vecchione, a squid expert at the Smithsonian Institution.

    It's "almost certainly" Architeuthis dux, found in the western North Atlantic. The length from the tip of its mantle to the end of its two long tentacles (squid also have eight shorter arms) indicates that it's probably a female, since they grow much bigger than males, and probably was immature, Vecchione said.



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    But, since it was dead by the time it was hauled onto the deck and was frozen on shipboard - it was far too big for any specimen bottle - that can't be confirmed until it's thawed and injected with formaldehyde by scientists in hazmat suits.

    Most giant squid - perhaps an average of one or two a year - are pulled up off Spain and New Zealand, which have deep-water fisheries, said Vecchione, director for NOAA's Fisheries Service's National Systemics Laboratory. They're usually around the continental slope where relatively shallow water drops off into the deep sea.

    Vecchione said this squid's main scientific significance is confirmation that sperm whales found in the northern gulf, often surprisingly near the heavily traveled shipping lanes at the mouth of the Mississippi River, have a local source of their main food.

    Bits of giant squid already had been found in the stomachs of sperm whales and other predators from the Gulf of Mexico and nearby waters.

    "Finding this specimen in the Gulf of Mexico in the area they were studying confirms the idea they're hanging around there because there's good food," Vecchione said.

    In addition, he said, its DNA can be compared to that of other giant squid around the world. Not much is known about what they eat, "so if we get a chance to open up the stomach and see what's in it, that can add a lot to that," Vecchione said.

    The trawls, about 130 miles off the Louisiana coast, were a side project for a 60-day marine mammal survey by scientists with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, said Anthony Martinez, a marine mammal scientist for NOAA's Fisheries Service and chief scientist on the research cruise.

    Sixteen previous trawls had caught mostly small creatures such as 12- to 16-inch-long squid and bioluminescent lanternfish a couple of inches long.

    "We knew there was a possibility of catching a giant squid. But it was not something we were banking on," he said. "We weren't planning on many trawls in the first place. We were really approaching it as a learning opportunity, and didn't think we'd score anything really crazy while learning."

    The sun had set when the net rose from the water. But the boat's lights showed "something much larger than anything we had seen" in the net, Martinez said.

    As it swayed onto the ship, he could see tentacles.

    "We didn't have anything prepared ahead of time for storage of such a large specimen," he said. "We had to improvise."

    They had alcohol, formaldehyde and specimen jars, but nowhere near enough or a container big enough for the giant squid. Since they didn't have a barrel, they lined a big basket with garbage bags. The squid, with sea water to cover, went into the innermost bag and the whole thing went into the freezer.

    Martinez e-mailed photographs to the Smithsonian, which sent them on to Vecchione, who was returning from another research cruise. "It was pretty exciting. Then, when I saw the pictures of it and saw it was in pretty good condition, it became more exciting," Vecchione said.


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    So far in that report....TWICE....they mentioned that a specimen bottle would not hold the GIANT SQUID.



    Well..........THANKS A LOT!!!!!!

    But what a beast that thing is. That's what always scares me about going swimming in deep water. I NEVER knows what's beneath the darkness.


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    Hee hee...sperm whales.



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    Giant squids are nice. They have enough predators. Leave them alone.
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    Roll that thing in some batter, fry it up and you've got yourself one hell of an appetizer!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy5150 View Post
    Roll that thing in some batter, fry it up and you've got yourself one hell of an appetizer!!!
    MMMMM... calamari. now I'm hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy5150 View Post
    Roll that thing in some batter, fry it up and you've got yourself one hell of an appetizer!!!
    Calamari for you and 100 of your closest friends...

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    Wow that thing is a giant all right. I'm surprised they were able to catch it.
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    giant squid today...chupacrabra tomorrow?
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    giant squid today...chupacrabra tomorrow?
    there has always been such thing as a giant squid. There is absolutely no such thing as a chupacabra. And the skeletons you showed me of funny looking dogs does not prove there is some half dog half lizard thing out there eating goats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacy_vious View Post
    there has always been such thing as a giant squid. There is absolutely no such thing as a chupacabra. And the skeletons you showed me of funny looking dogs does not prove there is some half dog half lizard thing out there eating goats.

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    people have felt the same way about giant squids for hundreds of years. The pieces that would wash up, the bodies that would be found floating in the middle of the ocean. People always thought they were fake. Some in fact were shown to be fake. It hasn't been until the very recent past that giant squids were proven to exist.

    chupacabra is coming for you!!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    people have felt the same way about giant squids for hundreds of years. The pieces that would wash up, the bodies that would be found floating in the middle of the ocean. People always thought they were fake. Some in fact were shown to be fake. It hasn't been until the very recent past that giant squids were proven to exist.

    chupacabra is coming for you!!
    I refuse to be scared by something whose name translates to goat sucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lacy_vious View Post
    I refuse to be scared by something whose name translates to goat sucker.

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    you just count your lucky stars we live where we do...a little further southwest and we'd be in chupatown!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    you just count your lucky stars we live where we do...a little further southwest and we'd be in chupatown!
    We would be in suck town? How is that supposed to be frightening?

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