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#1 Rocha

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 11:25 AM

A giant squid was filmed alive for the first time, unfortunately not underwater:

http://www.cnn.com/2...d.ap/index.html

Nice to see how red they are...

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 12:33 PM

I think that's more of a panic response than anything else...it would be interesting to observe their 'natural' color state (or series of color states, if they flash anything like the more common squid species).
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Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:06 PM

Not exactly the same as seeing a live one, but If you happen to be on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in the next moth or so you can see a not-so-alive one frozen in a big block of ice at UnderWater World Mooloolaba.

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:39 PM

Very interesting, it is the same team from the pictures last year:

http://news.national...iant_squid.html

Apart from that: I seem to remember vaguely that Cousteau had a glimps of one diving deep in a submersible. It must be described in one of his books, but i cant find it (anymore ?)

Anyone have an idea

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 03:25 PM

Ogasawara Islands aka Bonin island. The Japanese Galapagos. Sperm whales hang out there for these squids. Still don't know why they want to capture it when they have so many dead ones for study.

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 03:40 PM

Still don't know what they want to capture it when they have so many dead ones for study.


<sarcasm>To study natural behavior</sarcasm> :glare:
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Posted 22 December 2006 - 05:35 PM

Typical asian researchers...


.......from the culinary institute...

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 07:14 PM

Typical asian researchers...


.......from the culinary institute...

:D
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Posted 23 December 2006 - 04:20 PM

:D

A truly sad end to a magnificent beast. Typical human behavior.

:D Kinda like stdying more stuffed animals thinking you know what makes them tick.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:22 AM

there are quite a few squid ... I don't think they are in danger of extinction at all.


that just sounds terribly scientific to me; here's a species we know nothing about and as another species eats a lot of on them we reckon there are enough down there for a couple of years worth of squid burgers for us too before we need to "research" them...?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:28 AM

According to my friend James - giant squid are very high in ammonia and not good to eat at all. Kinda shoots down one theory at least.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:45 PM

Hey James.

Could you provide a link about that? Since this is the first one caught almost alive, how do they know they are high in ammonia? I guess they would be high in ammonia after they decompose for a bit...
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:38 AM

Email the experts through the Ceph Page. I'd ask Dr. James Wood.

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