Squiddly Diddly Doo!

Exciting news for those of us who LOVE squid! Especially that of the giant persuasion. New photos of a live giant squid have been taken. Don’t be fooled into believing that this is the first time a live one has been photographed – in 2002 some photos were taken in Japan. But they are not of the squid in its natural environment (thousands of feet under the sea).

You can see them here: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kaiyo/2-topicnews/news/2002/02-02-01/mega-squid/mega-squid-01.html
and here: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kaiyo/2-topicnews/news/2002/02-02-01/mega-squid/mega-squid-02.html

The new pics are plentiful, and they are of a full-grown, healthy, 25-foot long archi*. The thing was caught on a line for four hours and they snapped over 500 photos of it. It severed a tentacle during the struggle and the scientists retrieved it, allowing them to confirm the species via DNA testing. Here are some of the photos: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/photogalleries/giant_squid/

* this length is extrapolated by the length of the severed arm. However, if the arm was not severed at the base, the squid could be even bigger. The longest giant squid on record measured 59 feet including tentacles.

If you go here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4288772.stm# you can see a BBC news report on the topic.


5 Replies to “Squiddly Diddly Doo!”

  1. Could you learn even the tiniest bit of HTML (it’s not as scary as it sounds), so that you can make your links hot-clickable. ‘Kay thanks for stepping into the 21st century along with the rest of us.

  2. Here’s a little trick just for you, Scott: Take the mouse and move the cursor (on the screen) to the left hand side of the link. Click and hold it down. Move the cursor to the right side of the link and release. Then hold down the CTRL key and press C on your keyboard. Move the cursor up to the http URL field at the top of your internet browser and then hit CTRL-V and then hit ENTER. The browser will take you (almost magically) to the website! ‘Kay thanks for joining me back in the 20th century.

  3. I fixed it, but not for Mr Smarmypants. Because for some, two of them bleed into the right-hand menu and make it impossible to select.

    And I did it all without using my HTML knowledge! That shit’s too scary for me.

  4. I should also point out that these “new” pics were taken last fall. They were just RELEASED this week!

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