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Overlord
07-23-2002, 07:39 PM
CNN:
HOBART, Tasmania -- Scientists in Australia are investigating what may be a new species of giant squid, after one of the deep sea creatures washed up on a Tasmanian beach over the weekend.

The squid weighs up to 250 kilograms and, including tentacles, measured almost 18 meters (60 feet), the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on Monday.

Only two other specimens have been found on Tasmanian shores, in 1986 and 1991, the report said.

Scientists at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery were studying the squid to determine if it was a new species after identifying several new features.

"It's definitely of the giant squid group, which is exciting enough," the museum's senior curator of Zoology, David Pemberton said in the ABC report.

"But it does have some features about it which we're unsure about and we've called some specialists in from university to help decide, but it looks like it could be different.


The giant squid, of genus Architeuthis, has been the stuff of myth and legend for more than two thousand years. But little is known about the animal with less than 50 of the creatures spotted in the past century.

Because of the low number of observations, scientists have struggled to build up a profile of the giant squid, discovering only in the last five years how it reproduces.

It is believed they rarely have an opportunity to mate, and live isolated lives, but it is still unknown where the squid fits on the food chain.

The giant squid is a carnivorous mollusk with a beak-like mouth strong enough to cut through a steel cable and its eyes are the largest in the animal kingdom -- growing up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) wide.

The giant squid is believed to feed on, among other things, the world's biggest animals with several eyewitness stories from fisherman who have seen the squid in fierce battles with whales.

Dead whales have been found washed up on beaches with large sucker marks on their bodies, apparently from squid attacks.



-Pic. (http://i.cnn.net/cnn/2002/TECH/science/07/22/australia.squid/story.squid.tasmania.aap.jpg)

-Article. (http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/07/22/australia.squid/index.html)


Your Thoughts?

Vicviper
07-23-2002, 08:01 PM
I think that is awesome. Now if they could only find a live one and tag it to see exactly how deep it lives and if it migrates etc....

On an off note, imagine how much calamari that squid would make! Mmm Mmm good!!

Overlord
07-23-2002, 08:06 PM
It's weird how we haven't seen a live Squid yet. Considering the technology we have today. They should really invest more Marine Biology. We can already go into space, yet we don't even know our planet all that well.

Vicviper
07-24-2002, 03:57 AM
I'll bet there are so many creatures in the bottom of the ocean that we don't even know about. I wonder if there are any other species that have monstrous relatives down there. Maybe a Giant Octopus or a huge Sea Snake. Have you seen the Mega Mouth Shark? Very impressive. Looks very ancient and lives mostly out of the sun's reach below the surface.

Kid0_oIcarus
07-24-2002, 12:46 PM
The ocean? Heck- try the jungle. We're always rushing, rushing forward - we need to make time to stop and smell the flowers along the way. Where's Captain Planet when you need him? :D

Overlord
07-24-2002, 02:49 PM
Yes! Theres always new life being created under water, but sadly, we won't see them anytime soon. And we're going to miss out on some species as well. We would need to advance our technology as deeper we go. Since our machines can't take the pressure right now. I haven't seen the Mega Mouth Shark.

Theres been signs of giant claw(?) marks on Sperm Whales. Which they think came from Giant Squids. Think how big thay are if they can take them down.

Vicviper
07-24-2002, 08:34 PM
Very true Kid0_olcarus. The jungle is another scarry place with a bunch of wicked wilds that we don't know about. The jungles of Central America look incredibly dense and who knows whats lurking in ther.

WINDJAMMERS
07-25-2002, 06:13 AM
Someone should warn Alucard that Giant Squid are invading his continent. :D

ATMA
07-26-2002, 10:57 AM
:D

Kid0_oIcarus
08-05-2002, 09:33 AM
Has someone warned Alucard, yet? We must make haste and stop the squid invasion!

Where is my l33t weapon!?

Alucard
08-05-2002, 12:31 PM
I'll stop it with my knife and fork. Come to me chilli squid monster!! *num*

xXx Beaver xXx
08-08-2002, 04:29 AM
mmmmm, squid rings! They are nice and tasty. :P

And on the topic, I agree that there are probably and most certainly a lot of deep-sea creatures that we don't know of and should find methods to research.








- Triple X Beaver :spin smil

Seska
08-08-2002, 07:50 AM
Yep, its amusing how we are panning on colonizing Mars, but cant even get to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. That pressure thing sure is a bugger.

What will they do on MArs? Export Mars bars? Ohohohoh, ahahaha, my sides, they acheth!

xXx Beaver xXx
08-09-2002, 01:36 AM
Seska, you make me *chuckle*.

:D

Great one, just 'neato'!

They are looking for life, and ways we could live there, I guess.








- Triple X Beaver:spin smil

Overlord
08-14-2002, 05:04 AM
xXx Beaver xXx:
They are looking for life, and ways we could live there, I guess.

Yeah, basically. And they're trying to determine the history of it all and stuff. Try and find out what happened. Was Mars where they found the frozen water, or was it Jupitor? Oh, and did you know that something large hit Earth Billions of years ago, and know the planet sways 20 degrees to one side. And it keeps changing 20 degrees from one side to the other? Of course we can't feel it happening though.

Seska
08-14-2002, 02:31 PM
IT was MArs where they found a huge layer of ice under the surface. Guess that movie Total Recall wasnt too wrong about that then, now if we only had the alien technology to convert all that ice into water and oxygen. :p

Kid0_oIcarus
08-15-2002, 01:52 PM
Does mars have an atmosphere?

Hmm.. hey- that's where I want to have my next cook-out!
Who's with me.. I'll bring liquor... :D

Penance
08-21-2002, 04:26 AM
I don't think that Mars has a Atmosphere.