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22 December 2006 @ 10:39 pm
 
Japanese researchers, having spent three years trying to catch a giant squid on video, apparently succeeded (that's not the story I watched; the one I watched is a vid feed and I can't figure out the link to it), but having succeeded, the "specimen unfortunately did not survive the experiment." Real well done, guys. :P
 
 
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Tayefethtayefeth on December 22nd, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Your link is a bit wonky.
kitmizkit on December 22nd, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oop. Fixed. Thanks.
Amberleyamberley on December 23rd, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Vengeance of the Kraken
The 7 meter one they caught was an immature female; fully grown giant squid (never captured) can be 18 meters long. Maybe her Momma will come after the researchers and turn the tables!

But probably not.
marissa_novo1 on December 23rd, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
In order to understand something, they must first kill it, gut it, and study its insides... only to later say that they really have no idea what they're doing.
Henrytahnan on December 23rd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
A short-short sf story
Subject #271, Tokyo: human male

Specimen unfortunately did not survive the experiment.
Tayefethtayefeth on December 23rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
To be fair to the researchers, they apparently thought the giant squid wasn't going to grab the bait as energetically as it did. The tentacle getting snagged was an accident.

I'm sure the researchers would've been much happier if the squid had simply had to yank a bit on the bait before the bait came off and then gone off hale and hearty to tell its squid buddies about the new place to find food. The next iteration of the experiment won't get as much press, but should be much easier on the squid.
darillian: Maleficentdarillian on December 23rd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Tentacle
Is there another article? It looks to me from this that it was a tentacle that was ripped off and the squid got away. I wouldn't expect a tentacle to live long on its own...THAT would be a good horror film.
xnamkradxnamkrad on December 24th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
A few years ago (mid 90's I think) a dead giant squid washed up on the Kerry coast. This was a major surprise as they rarely if ever seen in the North Atlantic, and this specimen was usually seen off Australia. So to say it was a bit lost is an understandment.
A month later another one washed ashore.