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#1 tonywu

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 03:45 AM

A sperm whale I was swimming with dropped a small squid, photos posted on my blog. Anyone happen to know what kind it is?

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:04 AM

Hi Tony -- When are you going to stop playing around with those big swimmy things and get down to the good stuff like worms? ;-)

Contact Dr. Mark Norman at Museum Victoria, Australia. He wrote the book on id'ing cephalopods in general & from that part of the world in particular.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Leslie. I was going to write to Mark if my open plea didn't produce any results.

I was actually floating around looking for pelagic worms when this big whale swam up and plopped a squid in my hand...
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:16 PM

i really want it to be the juvenile form of the giant squid :)

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:59 PM

Me too!

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 05:39 AM

I was actually floating around looking for pelagic worms when this big whale swam up and plopped a squid in my hand...


If I believe that will you sell me a bridge in Brooklyn? ;-D

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 08:37 PM

You'd be amazed at how many worms live there :)
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:21 PM

I was actually floating around looking for pelagic worms when this big whale swam up and plopped a squid in my hand...

Now there's a signature quote if ever I saw it.

I hope you ate it after you photographed it. We wouldn't want that whale to be offended.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:35 PM

The squid was certainly fresh, but after my Architeuthis-tasting experience with Douglas Seifert (a foul experience...due mostly to the squid :) ), I'm somewhat hesitant to insert unidentified cephalopod parts in my mouth these days
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 05:19 PM

Received a helpful note from Dr Mark Norman:

Looks like a squid from the family Chiroteuthidae. They are midwater squid that hang off ammonia pockets in the first pair of arms (the fatter ones) and dangle feeding tentacle lures below them. Might have been snapped up in a group or been an incidental catch. Seems a bit little to be a targeted feed for a sperm whale. Like us eating ants.
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