Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ever Seen a Live Giant Squid?

This is the first photo of a living giant squid, a creature previously known only through the stories of sailors and the occasional dead body washing up on the beach. Observing the world's largest invertebrate in it's natural environment has been one of the "holy grails" of marine biology.

The one seen here is about 26 feet long, and attacked a normal squid set as bait at the end of a long line. The giant squid, caught on the line, then spent more than four hours trying to free itself, and lost part of a tentacle in the process. See more amazing photos here.


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