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Caught In The Act

Some Japanese marine biologists have taken video, for the first time ever, of a giant squid in its natural habitat:

The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands...

...Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.

"Contrary to belief that the giant squid is relatively inactive, the squid we captured on film actively used its enormous tentacles to go after prey," Mori said.

"It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle" about six yards long, Mori said.

As a diver, I'm glad that they don't often come near the surface.

Posted by Rand Simberg at September 28, 2005 06:29 AM
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Yeah, the Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortez are bad enough. Sharks generally stay away from you...those damn Humboldt are way too "friendly." I know one diver who got rapidly dragged down 90 feet by a Humboldt and burst both eardrums, and another who had his reg ripped right off the first stage by one of those guys, resulting (of course) in a emergency swimming ascent. No DCI, thankfully.
I think I'll stick with swimming with the hammerheads at Cocos.

Posted by Toren at September 28, 2005 03:35 PM all I need is about a metric ton of Italian breading, a tanker of Thai sauce, and a deep fryer the size of a municipal water tank...

Posted by DaveP. at September 28, 2005 05:05 PM

Dave, I hope you like the taste of ammonia...

Posted by Marzo at September 29, 2005 01:59 PM

A GIANT SQUID? where KIRK DOUGLAS with his harpoon? and some called it a KRAKEN

Posted by spurwing plover at October 3, 2005 12:51 PM

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