Just Because It’s Cool: A Big Bowl of Calamari?

“With its untold depths, couldn’t the sea keep alive such huge specimens of life from another age, this sea that never changes while the land masses undergo almost continuous alteration? Couldn’t the heart of the ocean hide 170px-20000_squid_holding_sailorthe last–remaining varieties of these titanic species, for whom years are centuries and centuries millennia?”
— Jules Verne, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

So okay, some things are just enough out of the way to be fun.  Monsters, for instance, in this case real monsters*, so herewith via THE UPWORTHY,  by James Gaines (from which the quote just above comes as well), “When a Giant Squid Appeared in the Harbor, this Man Grabbed a Camera and Jumped In.”  The view isn’t long, less than a minute, but it is included with other squid fun facts and it is close up.  And so, to see for oneself, press here.

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*See also December 17, below.

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  1. Most interesting. I always thought the Giant Squid was HUGE like in the movie. It was so big it filled up the viewing port. I mean just a PART of it did. Looked as large as a sperm whale. Glad the fellow knew what to do and how to do it, so it’s safe.

  2. Well, he does say this is just a small giant squid. “Kimura’s squid was 12 feet long, which sounds quite large, but the biggest ever recorded measured well over 40 feet. They’re not the only mega-sized mollusks down there, either. The colossal squid of Antarctica may get even more massive. It could weigh more than half a ton — that’s about two giant squid put together!” And he does mention scars on sperm whales so the tastiest ones must have *some* heft.




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