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In Search of the Giant Squid [excerpt]

Desperate to know how squid mate? Curious to see the squishy innards of squid?


Choice pun, possibly intended:

How many “much’s” is that?

Giant squid washes up in Tasmania [excerpt]

The colossal squid, only recently discovered, is shorter than the giant squid but much, much nastier.

Which is not to imply that the giant is particularly easygoing....

Read all the horror at www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/07/11/1183833568590.html.

Even I would never have guessed this one....

UH Researchers To Investigate 'Octosquid' [excerpt]

Scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will soon have a chance to investigate a creature that appears to be half squid, half octopus that was found in waters off the Big Island.


Sounds a bit Pythonesque: "half squid, half octopus, three-quarter badger, all man...."

Jumboes on the move....

Calamari Anyone?

"Bringing them up in droves....", "Not all good news" — how is any of this good news?

View all the horror at http://www.cnn.com/video/partners/clickability/index.html?url=/video/tech/2007/06/06/johnson.ca.jumbo.squid.kcal.

Man, Steve O’Shea is like the Dick Cheney of the squid world....

Tire-sized calamari rings? Half-ton squid reeled in [excerpt]

A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires, one expert said.

Or, it could be the other way ’round....

Researchers catch giant squid [excerpt]

A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

Of course it’s named “Archie”....

Giant squid goes on display [excerpt]

A monstrous giant squid, Architeuthis dux , goes on display at the Natural History Museum this week.

horrible slimy giant squid

First of many, methinks:

Video captures octopus attack on sub in B.C. [excerpt]

Rare video footage shows a giant octopus attacking a small submarine off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Salmon researchers working on the Brooks Peninsula were shocked last November when an octopus attacked their expensive and sensitive equipment.

The giant Pacific octopus weighed about 45 kilograms, powerful enough to damage Mike Wood's remote-controlled submarine with its parrot beak.

Literally, a “feast” for the eyes:

First pictures of live giant squid in its natural habitat [excerpt]

The first ever pictures of a live giant squid in its natural environment have been snapped in deep water off Japan. Working with a cheap camera and a fishing boat, the two Japanese researchers have succeeded where millions of dollars and international film crews have failed.

Not a squid, exactly, but almost as horrid (or, in this case, breaded ’n’ deep-fried)

Musical furry lobster feeling chirpy [excerpt]

A bizarre crustacean, tagged the 'musical furry lobster', has been found in Australian waters for the first time.

It's so unusual, with a furry shell and the ability to chirp, that scientists have placed it in its own genus.

But the lobster was almost lost to science.

Oh, it’s clear all right

Jumbo squid wash onto California beaches [excerpt]

Jan. 20, 2005 | Newport Beach, Calif. — Hundreds of giant squid are washing up on Orange County beaches, creating a scene more akin to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" than "The O.C."

Can it get weirder than this—

Peru drugs hidden in giant squid [excerpts]

Police in Peru have seized about 700kg of cocaine hidden in frozen giant squid bound for Mexico and the US.

The drugs - worth about $17.5m - were sealed in several layers of plastic and other wrapping material and covered in pepper to divert sniffer dogs.

Police seized the drugs hidden in a container of 25 tons of giant squid about to leave Paita (Piura) for Mexico.

Squid catch stuns scientists

I’m trying to imagine three more horrifying words than "jumbo", "flying", and "squid", but I just can’t. That’s the last thing I need, to be walking along, minding my own business, and whack, hit in the face by some slimy, eight-armed creep. You’ll notice that the article below doesn’t mention the range of these beasts—is anywhere safe?

Squid catch stuns scientists [excerpts]

Friday, October 15, 2004 Posted: 8:24 PM EDT (0024 GMT)