Fishermen Catch Largest Collossal Squid Ever Landed

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - 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.

    The squid, weighing an estimated 990 lbs and about 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said.

    The fishermen were catching Patagonian toothfish, sold under the name Chilean sea bass, south of New Zealand "and the squid was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep," Anderton said.

    The fishing crew and a fisheries official on board their ship estimated the length and weight of the squid: Detailed, official measurements have not been made. The date when the colossus was caught also was not disclosed.

    Colossal squid, known by the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are estimated to grow up to 46 feet long and have long been one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep ocean.

    If original estimates are correct, the squid would be 330 pounds heavier than the next biggest specimen ever found.

    More, including picture, at link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_fe_st/new_zealand_colossal_squid_4

     
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  3. 2luvmy

    2luvmy RIP Ragdoll. You don't get to choose how you're go

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    It makes me sad.
     
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    One less wonderful creature left:(
     
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    Interesting.

    I want one of those calamari rings, the size of a tractor tyre! wow one ring would be a meal for 1/2 a dozen people lol

    How wierd that colossal squid are not related to giant squid, I would have backed them as being cousins at least.
     
  6. 2luvmy

    2luvmy RIP Ragdoll. You don't get to choose how you're go

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    I love to learn about new things and understand the scientific value of this find, but it just disheartens me when a beautiful, rarely seen creature is destroyed - well all creatures for that matter.
     
  7. Dark Knight

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    To be fair, they weren't fishing for the squid, the squid went after the fish they netted. It may not have been possible to save it, hard to say.
     
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    What she said. :(
     

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