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Architeuthis dux: News and admiration of nature's top wonder

Postby grant » Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:47 am

Yes, this is a topic dedicated entirely to the awesome Architeuthis dux, and its close relatives.

Today, I received some grim news from New Scientist:

One of the oceans’ most mysterious animals, the giant squid, may be being killed by human noises. Unusually high numbers of dead giant squid, washed up on Spanish shores, have led scientists to believe that loud, low-frequency sounds made by oil companies charting the sea bed are killing the creatures.

Fear of damage to marine mammals has resulted in restrictions on low-frequency marine noise in the US, and awareness of the issue in Europe is growing. NATO exercises with high-intensity sonar in 2002 were charged with harming beaked whales in the Canary Islands. Norway rejected demands by environmentalists to limit seismic surveys off the Lofoten Islands in 2003.

Now the giant squid has joined the list of potential victims. ...


Not this:
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But this:
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Postby Betty Felon » Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:02 am

I think ate some of one of those in Japan.


And what are they doing washing up in Spain anyway? I though our board Squid told us they were from New Zealand or AUstralia or something?

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Re: Architeuthis dux: News and admiration of nature's top wo

Postby Squid » Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:38 pm

grant wrote:One of the oceans’ most mysterious animals, the giant squid, may be being killed by human noises. Unusually high numbers of dead giant squid, washed up on Spanish shores, have led scientists to believe that loud, low-frequency sounds made by oil companies charting the sea bed are killing the creatures.


It's worse than you think...right now there is a jackhammer going underneath my goddamn apt window You see, we are ALL under attack! I'm totally not joking. Quoth Eddie Murphy, "Kill my landlord! Kill my landlord!" But my personal outdoor excavatory issues aside...

grant wrote:Fear of damage to marine mammals has resulted in restrictions on low-frequency marine noise in the US, and awareness of the issue in Europe is growing. NATO exercises with high-intensity sonar in 2002 were charged with harming beaked whales in the Canary Islands. Norway rejected demands by environmentalists to limit seismic surveys off the Lofoten Islands in 2003.


The funny thing is...don't you find it amazing that the US, we who rejected the Kyoto Protocol (thanks dubya), have already implemented noise restrictions? We're hardly on the bleeding edge when it comes to environmental...erm...anything

As Betty mentioned, my interactions with "Archie", as I call him, have been limited to sightings that I've noted with respect to New Zealand. This latest word from Spain is incredibly sad news, as so very little is known about them as a species. I mean, for christ sake, they have eyes the size of human heads! What's not to love?! These things are HUGE. Huge and vastly unknown.

Thanks for the heads up, Grant. There's a Giant Squid group on Orkut, actually, I'll check for updates and report back.

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Postby grant » Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:01 pm

(This to Betty)

They tend to be caught in New Zealand because of the deep, cold water there -- they've been found most places where there is deep, cold water.

One of the most significant, and most chilling, encounters took place off the coast of Newfoundland.

Doubtful you would have eaten one, the whole body tastes like ammonia. As with some other could-be calamari, the Architeuthis features toothy rings of hooks inside the suckers on its tentacles, only much larger.

Like so:

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This is actually less menacing than the so-called colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, which is larger than Architeuthis...

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... and has razor-sharp, swiveling "beaks" inside its suckers.

Like so:
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Yes. They swivel.

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Postby Betty Felon » Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:24 pm

That's totally a SEA MONSTER!

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Postby Squid » Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:52 pm

Yay Grant... an extra 50 points for using the London bus graphic. an all time fave of mine, if i do say so myself...

and Betty, there IS a chance that you ate my favorite squid during your travels, who the Japanese call Hotaruika, aka, Watasenia scintillans, aka The Firefly Squid

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it's...bioluminescent ! and tattoo worthy. as such, i carry the three kanji characters that spell it's name on my left leg...er, tentacle, erm...whatever.

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Postby Squid » Thu Jan 20, 2005 1:55 pm

okay, this isn't "The Dux", but it's "squid of unusually large size" related and it made me sad so i'm sharing.

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Postby Liesbeth » Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:43 pm

strange stuff.
the article mentions that these creatures still squirt ink after they died, must make clearing them an extra unpleasant task

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Postby grant » Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:54 pm

They're dead and they still squirt ink.

That's... noxious.

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Postby Jeroen » Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:45 am

So a week after the beach was hit by a oil spill, the´ve got an ink spill... weird...

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Postby Squid » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:56 am

they're just getting back at us, you see.

the squid revolution will not be televised.

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Postby Brantley » Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:42 am

They even have flash lights...

My friend's say I'm a phylumist, but I don't care; I hate those god damned cephalopods! Roaming the seas, eating poor vertebrae... Bastards.

Vertebrae all the way!

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Postby Betty Felon » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:41 am

http://store.muledesign.com/detail/squid_m.html

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"The cephalopod biomass is now greater than the human biomass. We don't know how many there are or how big they get. We are NOT ready. Play it smart.

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Postby Squid » Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:52 pm

Why thank you.

I accept your greetings and praise, and I offer you my protection...there will just be a few small...requests.

(My old man is so getting that shirt for his bday...)

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Postby Squid » Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:07 pm

sent that link to a friend and lo! he produceth the possible origin of said joke?

<i>"The spacecraft has apparently been taken over – "conqured" if you will – by a master race of giant space squid. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the squid will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new squid overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves."– Kent Brockman </i>

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Postby Unremarkable » Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:54 pm

Squid wrote:sent that link to a friend and lo! he produceth the possible origin of said joke?

<i>"The spacecraft has apparently been taken over – "conqured" if you will – by a master race of giant space squid. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the squid will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new squid overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves."– Kent Brockman </i>


Actually, that quote from the Simpsons originally had "ants" instead of "squid". I'm guessing your friend changed the quote for your amusement.

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Postby Squid » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:53 pm

this is what happens to people who watch the simpson's in a decidedly halfassed manner.

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Postby Jeroen » Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:50 am

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he´s a squid right?

thought I had figured out how to place a picture, but I guess I was wrong...
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Postby grant » Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:44 pm

Well, the Humboldts are back....

UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 10, Number 10
March 9, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor

E-mail: Masinaigan@aol.com
Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


CTHULU'S D-DAY IN
CALIFORNIA

Well, it looks as if the squid assault on the beaches of Orange
County was just a diversion. Cthulu and his undersea legions are
making their main effort in the San Francisco Bay area.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported "the
arrival of another species of giant squid, the Humboldt
squid, also called the 'jumbo squid,' offshore of the Bay
area and along much of the Pacific Coast."

"They average 15 to 60 pounds and generally
measure up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, but there is a
historical record of one that reached 700 pounds. They have
not been seen in significant numbers off the Pacific Coast
since 1930."

"But here they are, these giant squid, not
hundreds, not thousands, but millions of them. They have
roared in from the depths across the Pacific to within 20
miles (32 kilometers) of Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay.
Many others have been detected in southern Baja (California),
San Diego and even Oregon and Washington."

"Like their 60-foot (18-meter) cousins from
the deepwater trenches, they are voracious predators.
They have 10 tentacles, including two long tentacles
they use to pull their prey to their razor-sharp beaks."

"Their tentacles are lined with teeth-lined
sucker cups and, with 24 micro-teeth in each cup, each
squid has over 25,000 teeth. They school in warm waters
and then come up to swarm in maniacal feeding frenzies.
When set off, they will even eat each other and anything
else in their path."

"They are roaming the canyons amid underwater seamounts
off the Bay area, 400 to 2,000 (120 to 600 meters) deep, and
they can fire up to the surface, swarming around boats by the
hundreds. Those aboard gawk in disbelief as the squid swirl and
surge in 20-foot (6-meter) blasts from their water jets, changing
from the classic white-beach color to black, red or opaque with a
phosphorescent glow."

"The discovery started on New Year's Day (Saturday, January 1,
2005) on a scientific research trip out of Bodega Bay run by Rick Powers
aboard the New Sea Angler. Powers had volunteered his boat for a
research trip by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) to study rockfish reproduction at Cordell Bank."

"'I was looking for chilipepper rockfish, so we ran to the deep water
at the Bank, 380 to 450 feet (130 to 175 meters) of water, and looking at
my fishfinder, I saw this little mark at the bottom,' he said, 'We let down
and started hauling giant squid.'"

"In the past three weeks, the discovery had turned into a phenomenon."

"In 13 trips on the New Sea Angler to Cordell Bank, a total of 640
people (40 per trip) have caught some 9,000 squid, taking an average of
14 squid per person. The average squid has been 20 pounds, with the
largest weighing 58 pounds, caught by Pat Martin of Sacramento,"
California's state capital. "Most fishermen are going home with 150 to
200 pounds of one-inch (2.5-centimeter) thick calamari steaks."

"Out of Half Moon Bay, Captain Tom Mattusch had similar success
when he made the first squid-hunting trip in his boat, Huli Cat. His first
trip, with six people aboard, was a shock, catching 53 squid. It was the
first time that Humboldt squid had ever been taken by recreational
anglers off Half Moon Bay."

"In San Diego this past week, it was a similar story, where 51
anglers aboard the boat New Seaforth caught 290 squid."

"And yet you can get skunked just as easily, as Powers reported
from a trip last weekend. The squid were so voracious and such fast
swimmers that they were continually on the move in their search for
food. 'Now you see them, now you don't."

"Most credit the arrival of the giant squid in these waters to the
nation's mild El Nino event, where the water is 54 to 57 degrees
(Fahrenheit) off the Bay area coast instead of a more typical 47 to
52 degrees" in February.

"Sunfish, also known as mola molas, more
typical to southern California waters, have also been
spotted in the Gulf of Farallones in the past two weeks.
According to scientists, these squid will eat 10 to 25 pounds
of meat daily and can grow an inch (2.5 centimeters) in
that day, and yet they live only a year to two."

"Yet it can get crazier. When you bring
one to the surface, hundreds of giant squid can suddenly
surround the boat, and they can start attacking each other.
According to one story, one squid was being gaffed at the
rail--another squid shot into the air and attacked the
gaffe, and then several more appeared and attacked the
jumping squid."

(See the San Francisco Chronicle for February 28, 2005,
"They came from beneath the sea. Just like in 1930. Giant
squid crowd Bay area by the millions." Many thanks to Terry
Duckworth, "the Archimagos Maximus of Tsathoggua," for this
newspaper article.)



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