Saturday, February 24, 2007

Invasion of the Giant Squids

On Feb. 14, 2007, National Geographic News released video of a giant squid off southeastern Japan in the North Pacific Ocean. It's the first time a giant squid has been filmed in the wild.

More than a week later on Feb. 22, 2007, the same agency reported probably the largest known colossal squid (not to be confused with a giant squid) was caught in the Antarctic's Ross Sea. This beast weighed in at 990 pounds (450 kilograms)! Unfortunately, like the giant squid which was caught in December 2006, the beast has been killed and preserved for research.

When visiting the National Geographic News site, you can see the images of the colossal squid and a diagram showing how big a colossal squid can get. It's compared against a 40 foot (12 meters) school bus and it can grow to 43 feet (13 meters) while a giant squid can grow to 33 feet (10 meters).

Now that's a lot of calamari!

2 comments:

Matthew said...

Hmm... sounds like a tasty meal to me.
I really do miss fried calamari at a nice Italian restaurant.

JA Huber said...

Don't you have steamed or raw calamari in China?