Saturday, 19 January 2013

Giant Squid Captured on Camera for the first time

The Giant Squid. Rumored to be the largest squid ever to have swum in our oceans. In myths, the Giant Squid is believed to be similar to the Kraken, sinking ships and dragging sailors down to the deepest and darkest depths of the ocean. It has made an appearance in Jules Verne's novel "10,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and the popular movie series "Pirates of the Caribbean". Dead Giant Squids have been found in the stomachs of Sperm Whales and scars were found on the Sperm Whale.  Unfortunately, no one has ever seen a live one. That is until yesterday.

A crew from the National Science Museum of Japan, spent over 400 hours in a submarine tracking a 8m long giant squid at a depth of more than 500m within the Pacific Ocean. The creature was said to have big black eyes the size of beach balls making it the biggest eye on an invertebrate. The squid was also holding a much smaller bait squid which it was using to attract prey. The squid was missing to of its 2m long tentacles due to the fact of an encounter with a Sperm Whale. Giant Squids have been believed to battle Sperm Whales when the two oceans giants encounter one another. And sometimes the whale is found washed up on the shore, dead.

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1 comment:

  1. Love how often you are writing and the variety of stuff you are sharing. Great work. Keep it up. But we need to talk about tagging/labeling your post. Talk to m about it tomorrow in class. Very important. I can show you. Or ask Sarah or Pavitra about it too.