Giant Squid finally caught on film!

  1. Greg Bernhardt

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    How terrifying! I've always been a bit nervous of the blackness of the see and now there are confirmed monsters in it!

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57562424/giant-squid-filmed-alive-in-deep-sea-for-first-time/
     
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  3. turbo

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    Wow! It would be so cool if someone could capture images of a giant squid being attacked by a sperm whale. Probably too much to hope for, though.
     
  4. Greg Bernhardt

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    Put a camera on one! :)
     
  5. turbo

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    I read that when a sperm whale catches a giant squid and is being given a hard time, the whale will hold onto the squid and surface rapidly, causing the squid to explode. If that is true, it's a pretty good trick.
     
  6. Borek

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    I am more than sure I have seen a video of a giant squid some time ago, shot by some Japanese scientists. Perhaps not as good quality, but it was there. Youtube search for a giant squid lists several different videos (all are called "first") - but none of them is the one I remember.

    And I remember watching a film on NatGeo or Discovery about sperm whales diving with a camera attached.
     
  7. Borek

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    I don't see a reason for a squid to explode.
     
  8. turbo

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    I read that I was due to rapid decompression. Sperm whales can handle the pressure differential, and squids can't. It might be wrong - what do I know?
     
  9. It's hard to imagine the width - personal space - of a 60' long squid.
     
  10. They explode all of the time in my microwave.:biggrin:
    (I like to cut calamari into 1/2" pieces and cook in microwave oven - a little chewy but taste good.)
     
  11. Borek

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    There is nothing to decompress - they don't contain anything that would rapidly change the volume with the pressure.

    I am not saying that pressure doesn't matter, after all they evolved to live where they live, but I can't think of anything that would have a fast and spectacular effect.
     
  12. Greg Bernhardt

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    Most deep sea creatures appear to become mush once brought to the surface.
     
  13. turbo

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    Yes. Explode was a poor word-choice, but bring a squid up from a couple of thousand meters down, and its cells will rupture, killing it. Squids are not defenseless, as evidenced by sucker-wounds on whale-skin, but decompression will take them out of business in short order. I also read that sperm whales are subject to "the bends" and their bones show evidence of that in the pitting and erosion.
     
  14. Evo

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    Your memory serves you correctly Borek.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_squid
     
  15. Evo

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    According to what I found, deep sea fish have swim bladders, giant squid do not. Perhaps this helps explain.

    http://nature.ca/explore/di-ef/dsfe_e.cfm

    http://giantsquid.msstate.edu/Background/squidtxt.html
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  16. Pythagorean

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    Sperm whales can get "the bends" (rapid expansion of nitrogen gas in their system). It looks like squid could actually cause sperm whales to get the bends:

    http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=4720

    (not peer reviewed)
     
  17. Greg Bernhardt

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