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DevilDiver
04-28-2008, 14:29
Scientists finally get a chance to examine the immense, mysterious creature hauled ashore a year ago.
It sounds like something out of a bad monster movie: a team of scientists busily examines the thawing carcass of a 900-pound colossal squid. They've kept it frozen for more than a year inside a walk-in freezer ever since a commercial fishing crew hauled it up from the chilly depths of the Antarctic last January, half dead and clinging to a giant toothfish, and it now sits floating in a massive temperature-controlled tank filled with an icy saline solution just above freezing.

http://ndn.newsweek.com/media/25/squid-colossal-zealand-thaw-wide.jpg
Courtesy of Kathrin Bolstad (left); New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries

Whole story here:
Examining the Colossal Squid | Newsweek Leadership and the Environment | Newsweek.com (http://www.newsweek.com/id/134482&gt1=10856)

elijahb
04-28-2008, 14:33
sounds cool
I wouldn't want to encounter that at 100 feet though....

ScubaToys Larry
04-28-2008, 14:36
Uh... excuse me... waiter... this might be a bit too much calamari. :smiley29:

ratown
04-28-2008, 14:38
This reminds me of a Discovery Channel special a couple summers ago. One of the photography guys from the Blue Planet series was diving down, trying to find one. It's definitely worth watching. There was another one with Oshea, the dude in this article. Those things are so amazing.

mixahl
04-28-2008, 14:53
why would they leave it in a freezer for a year??

Beaucoupfishies
04-28-2008, 15:00
Creepy, but really cool..

ratown
04-28-2008, 15:00
why would they leave it in a freezer for a year??

Because it takes only four hours to decompose so they needed to preserve it while they figured out where to put it. Then for the past year they have been deciding how to defrost it without messing it up...

mixahl
04-28-2008, 15:05
why would they leave it in a freezer for a year??

Because it takes only four hours to decompose so they needed to preserve it while they figured out where to put it. Then for the past year they have been deciding how to defrost it without messing it up...

Wow, 4 hours to decompose...cool..thanks!

Sounder
04-28-2008, 15:21
why would they leave it in a freezer for a year??

Because it takes only four hours to decompose so they needed to preserve it while they figured out where to put it. Then for the past year they have been deciding how to defrost it without messing it up...

Wow, 4 hours to decompose...cool..thanks!


...and you KNOW it stinks!

ianr33
04-28-2008, 20:54
Thats one of the things I like about the wall dives in Cayman. Hanging in 6000' of water and wondering exactly what is below me.

Babster
04-28-2008, 21:25
Yikes! Krickey there's claws on those tentacles! I thought they just had suckers...

skippy11
04-28-2008, 23:35
dang, you think it was a family member of pirates of the caribean creature? That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the photos.

longtailbda
06-07-2008, 14:38
How would you like to see that in the steam of your back-up light.