Live Architeuthis photographed

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Live Architeuthis photographed!!

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050928/ap_on_sc/japan_giant_squid [Broken]
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1470054.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050927/sc_afp/scienceanimalssquid [Broken]
The giant squid can be found in books and in myths, but for the first time, a team of Japanese scientists has captured on film one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep-sea in its natural habitat.

The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands.
 
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Impressive! I love cephalopods!
 
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In 2003, New Zealand marine biologists laid a sex trap.

They ground up some squid gonads, believing that the scent would drive male giant squids wild as the creatures migrated through New Zealand waters.

The hope was that a camera would squirt out the pureed genitals and a passing squid, driven into a sexual frenzy, would then mate with the lens -- a project that, some may be relieved to hear, never came to fruition.

Wow! Maybe I should be a marine biologist instead of a physicist.
 
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I was talking to my brother today, and he said to me:
"Did you hear that they almost caught this 20m octupus that's been sinking ships in japan? A fisherman got its tentacle, but it got away."

:rofl:
 
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THis is so cool, and I haven't even visited the links yet. thank you!
 
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Oh, ow, the poor thing left a tentacle behind. :frown: Thanks for sharing the story! That's pretty cool that they finally saw one live and it behaves quite differently from what was expected.
 
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