February 22, 2007
As you may recall, Michelle and I have a fascination for giant squid and octopus. (Every couple has odd things that bring them together. Huge and scary smart sea monsters are our thing. Deal with it.)
Anyway, we loved today's news story about the thirty-nine foot long (12m) and 990 pound (449 kg) colossal squid caught off Antartica this month. (BTW, colossal squid is the species name, not just a description. I thought giant squid were big, but who knew there were colossal squid that are even bigger!)
Aside from the huge size, according to Wikipedia, colossal squid have "sharp swiveling hooks" at the tips of their tentacles and eyes a foot wide (all the better to see you with before ripping you to shreds with those sharp swiveling hooks). Creepy.
I love how the expert from the University of Auckland put the size in perspective, saying if calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires.
However, I say to all my huge and scary cephlapod friends - not everyone wants to eat you. I renew my offer of a truce between our species. We won't eat you if you don't eat us.Posted by Tony at February 22, 2007 10:35 PM | TrackBack