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.

Jan 27, 2006 under Squidwatch

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.

“This is very exciting. These pictures are a major leap forward for us,” says squid expert Mark Norman of Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Sep 25, 2005 under Squidwatch

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.

Rumour has it the French researchers who discovered the world's first specimen in the 1980s didn't realise its significance. So, they ate it for dinner.

Jul 7, 2005 under Squidwatch

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."

The bug-eyed sea creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, normally reside in deep water and only come to the surface at night. Why approximately 500 of them began washing up on the sands of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach on Tuesday isn't clear.

Jan 20, 2005 under Squidwatch

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.

Nov 16, 2004 under Squidwatch

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)

Oct 15, 2004 under Squidwatch

Does it get more ominous than this

McSweeney’s: [Kat Bolstad] said: “We know there is at least one other very large squid in the Antarctic, known exclusively from large beaks and small individuals, and it’s also possible there are squid down there so big and mean that not even a sperm whale will go near them.” Does this squid have a name? Is it bigger than the Colossal?

May 24, 2004 under Squidwatch