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Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO*
    #4725736 - 09/28/05 04:18 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Live giant squid caught on film :cthulhu:

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4288772.stm#

A live, adult giant squid has been caught on camera in the wild for the very first time.

Japanese researchers took pictures of the elusive creature hunting 900m down, enveloping its prey by coiling its tentacles into a ball.

The images show giant squid, known as Architeuthis, are more vigorous hunters than has been supposed.

The images, captured in the Pacific Ocean, appear in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Documentary companies have invested millions of dollars trying to film adult giant squid in their natural environment. These efforts have met with little success - though one team has managed to capture a juvenile on film.

Japanese fishermen have taken snaps of an adult at the surface but, until now, no one had obtained images of the animal in its deep-sea hunting grounds.

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In their efforts to photograph the huge cephalopod, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori have been using a camera and depth recorder attached to a long-line, which they lower into the sea from their research vessel.

Below the camera, they suspend a weighted jig - a set of ganged hooks to snag the squid - along with a single Japanese common squid as bait and an odour lure consisting of chopped-up shrimps.

At 0915 local time on 30 September 2004, they struck lucky. At a depth close to 1km in waters off Japan's Ogasawara Islands, an 8m-long Architeuthis wrapped its long tentacles around the bait, snagging one of them on the jig.

Kubodera and Mori took more than 550 images of the giant squid as it made repeated attempts to detach itself.

The pictures show the squid spreading its arms, enveloping the long-line and swimming away in its efforts to struggle free.

Finally, four hours and 13 minutes after it was first snagged, the attached tentacle broke off, allowing the squid to escape. The researchers retrieved a 5.5m portion with the line.

Severed appendage

"It was exciting to get a live Architeuthis tentacle. It was still functioning when we got it on the boat," Dr Kubodera told BBC News.

The large suckers repeatedly gripped the boat deck - and Dr Kubodera's fingers when he prodded the severed appendage.

"The grip wasn't as strong as I expected; it felt sticky," he explained.

But while other researchers have suggested that Architeuthis is a rather sluggish creature, the images show it is in fact an energetic predator.

Dr Steve O'Shea, of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, told the BBC News website that he was extremely pleased for the researchers.

Kubodera, he said, had "ever-so-quietly been working away in the background on this for a number of years".

And Dr O'Shea, a world renowned expert on giant squid, added: "From the point of view of the public, who believe this squid is the largest, the meanest, most aggressive squid that we have - it is hugely significant."

Trawling threat

The Auckland-based researcher said now that the squid had been caught on camera, researchers could focus on other, lesser known squid species and on conservation.

Bottom-trawling by fisheries is destroying squid egg masses on the seabed, Dr O'Shea claimed. Evidence for this comes from an efficient squid predator - the sperm whale.

"Five of the species of squid that were staple in the diet of the sperm whale are recognised in New Zealand as threatened solely as a consequence of the effects of deep-sea bottom-trawling."

"[Sperm whales] are returning from the Antarctic on their historic migratory route to one of the richest regions on Earth in terms of squid diversity. But the larder is bare and the poor things are washing up on the beaches here starved."

The giant squid is by no means the largest known. Several other species, including the colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are thought to grow larger.




Thats a HELL of a lot of Calamari!

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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4725769 - 09/28/05 04:23 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

thatd be fun to be a giant squid


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: thegatewaydrug]
    #4725827 - 09/28/05 04:34 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Giant Alien with telepathic mind control powers....what the fuck else is living way down there????


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: MJF]
    #4725886 - 09/28/05 04:49 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

"It was exciting to get a live Architeuthis tentacle. It was still functioning when we got it on the boat," Dr Kubodera told BBC News.

The large suckers repeatedly gripped the boat deck - and Dr Kubodera's fingers when he prodded the severed appendage.

"The grip wasn't as strong as I expected; it felt sticky," he explained.



:smirk: Some expectation this guy has. It was a SEVERED tentacle! Dr. Kubodera should have his arm ripped off by the same giant squid and see how "strong" the severed arm is afterwards.



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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: thegatewaydrug]
    #4725924 - 09/28/05 04:59 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

thegatewaydrug said:
thatd be fun to be a giant squid




hell yea it would. Well, it might be boring. You'd be all alone in the deep sea.

It would be fun to be a mimmick squid


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4725940 - 09/28/05 05:04 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Very cool man, though I wish there were more frames of it moving. 5 shrooms for you!


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Captain Loafy McPoopdick]
    #4725951 - 09/28/05 05:05 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

nvm, it says they arent even the biggest. id want to be the biggest damn squid out there, now thatd be sick, no one would fuck with u:thumbup:

there r so many creatures at the bottom of the ocean that we've never seen before...


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: thegatewaydrug]
    #4725967 - 09/28/05 05:08 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Also there is still the collosus squid, the larger meatier cousin to the giant squid. That's the one I'd love to see.


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: lIllIIIllIlIIlIlIIllIllIIl]
    #4725986 - 09/28/05 05:12 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

:thumbup:


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: thegatewaydrug]
    #4725999 - 09/28/05 05:15 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Check out the size of the colossal squid in comparison. They have no clue as to how big those suckers get!



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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4726033 - 09/28/05 05:21 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The size is based on pieces they've found of it, along with scars on giant whales that they think have fought with the collosal. Also, comparing the suction pads of the giant and collosal, the collosal is very different with large, evil looking spikes. Oooo I'm getting goose bumps :ooo:


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: lIllIIIllIlIIlIlIIllIllIIl]
    #4726117 - 09/28/05 06:03 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Wait a minute? Collossal squid? :wtf:

I thought the Architeuthis squid was THE fabled largest damn Squid there IS, and now after all this hype, I find out that it's not even the largest? -=sigh=-

Are the marine biologists and scientists putting nearly as much effort into finding a live Collossal squid as they are for the Architeuthis?



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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4726129 - 09/28/05 06:07 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

holy...fucking...hell...

I WANNA BE THAT SQUID!!!!:thumbup:


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: thegatewaydrug]
    #4726179 - 09/28/05 06:22 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Heh, just found this on the BBC News archives  :smile:

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Giant squid 'attacks French boat'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2661691.stm

French sailors taking part in the round-the-world Jules Verne Trophy say they have come across one of the most elusive monsters of the sea: the giant squid.

Veteran yachtsman Olivier De Kersauson, who sailed from Brittany on Saturday, said that several hours into his voyage he found that a giant squid had clamped on to the hull of his boat.

The creature, scientifically known as Architeutis dux, is the largest of all invertebrates. Scientists believe it can be as long as 18 metres (60 feet).

Giant squid have been found washed ashore or caught in the nets of trawlers, but scientists have never seen one alive.

Stuff of legend

Olivier de Kersauson said the sighting occurred off the Portuguese island of Madeira.

"I saw a tentacle through a porthole," Olivier de Kersauson said from his boat. "It was thicker than my leg and it was really pulling the boat hard."

Mr de Kersauson says two of the tentacles were blocking the rudder.

Giant squid often feature in maritime legends and novels - including Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

But unlike Jules Verne's fictional Captain Nemo, Mr de Kersauson did not have to fight with the monster and cut off its tentacles.

The French sailor says the squid released its grip when he stopped the boat.

"We didn't have anything to scare off this beast, so I don't know what we would have done if it hadn't let go," Mr de Kersauson said.

"We weren't going to attack it with our penknives."

Rare sighting

Mr de Kersauson says the squid must have been seven or eight metres (22 to 26 feet) long.

"I've never seen anything like it in 40 years of sailing," he says.

Giant squids are carnivorous mollusks who live deep under the sea.

Only about 250 sightings - mostly of dead animals - have ever been recorded.

A giant squid measuring about 15 metres (50 feet) was found washed up on an Australian beach in July.

A smaller one was caught by a trawler's net off the coast of Scotland a year ago.




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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4726192 - 09/28/05 06:24 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

lol that sucks. lucky for them it let go


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: Bi0TeK]
    #4726244 - 09/28/05 06:37 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks for the clip. That was crazy looking.


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Re: Live giant squid caught on film *VIDEO* [Re: CaRnAgECaNdY]
    #4726425 - 09/28/05 07:15 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Have never heard much about Colossal squid. Never heard Clyde Roper talk about it either. He is probably the best expert on giant squid in the world, works at the Smithsonian. Seen him speak 5-6 times and have actually had a round table discussion with him twice in high school. Really cool guy.


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