Thursday, February 22, 2007

Jack Sparrow would run from this calamari

Jules Verne wrote about them, and ancient mariners told stories about them: giant squid.

No one has actually ever been able to get a real good look at one...until recently. A fishing crew stalking sea bass hooked a Colossal squid while bringing in the fish. According to the AP article:

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...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..."I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing," said Dr. Steve O'Shea, a squid expert at the Auckland University of Technology. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires, he added...The frozen squid will be transported to New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, in the capital, Wellington, to be preserved for scientific study.
YAR! I spy tractor tires in tartar sauce, says I! Yar...

1 comment:

Susan Minarcin said...

Oh dude. You know, I love science and slimey unexplainable weird stuff as much as anyone, but let's face it, and this article is proof -- we all lead with the stomach. You've got what is truly one of the wonders of the world right there in front of ya and all talk turns to tractor-tire calamari. Sounds like a night out at TGI Friday's to me. Pair it with a margarita-the-size-o-my-head (no salt, please) and we got ourselves a paaaar-te. Hmm, anyone gonna eat that last side-o-beef?

Hey, as longs as we're on the subject of slimey unexplainable weird stuff somebody call Britney and see if she wants to join (uh, wait, she's in rehab! Hey! No she's not...yes she she's not)