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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BoyBach, Feb 22, 2007.
That's one big cephalopod!
And potentially, one massive dinner!
Just discovered the BBC website, eh!
I think it's kind of sad. I always wished that the mystery of the deep parts of the ocean would remnain a mystery.
Ir it could be the alcohol talking.
I visit it everyday.
In my humble opinion it's the best news website around.
Mmmm....salt and pepper squid. *drool*
Unless you're English. If you're English, you just complain about it. That's what the English do best.
I'm going to stick my neck out here and guess welshandrew isn't English...
But I am, and I think it's a splendid news site. However, it provides me with plenty of information about stuff that I can then go on to complain about, so you're not totally wrong.
Us Welsh aren't bad at whinging about the BBC either!
Don't get me started on BBC Wales News or Top Gear.
I truly dont get this article and the accompanying pics.
This chart says the squid found is larger than the Giant Squid that is the elusive kraken of the deep?
And yet this pic
shows its not THAT big, but they talk about tractor tire sized calamari rings, so what is going on here?
Yea, I am a bit confused as well. I thought the giant squid was the largest squid known. There are even discovery shows about how the giant squid is the biggest thing in the deep. And then this article comes along and claims this other squid makes a giant squid look small, and I have never even heard about the colossal squid before.
Yeah, the article clearly states that the squid is 10m long. That's huge, but the chart shows it pushing 20m. Not sure what the deal is with that.
the pic OF the supposed squid doesnt show me "tire sized" diameter tentacles.
calamari rings are not made from the tentacles, they are made from the main body.
"In other news, BBC have learnt of the discovery of the smallest ever tractor"?
Like that squid.
It could be a juvenile Colossal squid. So it may not be fully grown. I think the confusion comes from the fact that the Colossal squid has the potential to be much bigger than the Giant Squid. However the only evidence found so far shows it is around the size of a Giant Squid. Also the names dont help.
A giant squid was finally caught on video not too long ago and it was estimated at 6m if i remember. There should be a link on the BBC website to the video.
EDIT: While im on my high horse the tentacles that the squid use to catch their prey also add to the size confusion as they can be extended to great lengths and some people only measure the mantle/body of the squid. Then estimate the overall length from the mantle info. Kind of like estimating a sharks size from its bite radius.
Look at this graph and then look at the previous one.
The article didn't mention what bait they were using. I suppose one wouldn't troll for giant/colossal squid.
Shortly after catching it someone invented the 'Colossal Barbecue'.
I think it was George Forman. And it was the Colossal Grill.
nice one! I wish I'd said that! (he writes, laughing)
bait for the squid or for the Patagonian toothfish they were fishing for? They have in the past known that colossal squid have eaten toothfish.