The species is known as the colossal squid, shorter but much heavier than the better known giant squid. It was hauled to the surface while munching on one of its favourite foods, a Patagonian toothfish which the fishermen had hooked on a longline.”(click here for the full news report from the Sydney Morning Herald”)
The graphic to the left was lifted from the BBC News Site.
The photo below is from News.Scotsman.com
“All we knew prior to this specimen coming through was that this animal lived in the abyssal environment down in Antarctica,” said New Zealand squid expert and senior research fellow at Auckland University of Technology, Dr Steve O’Shea.
O’Shea said if calamari were made from the Colossal squid’s rings it would be the size of tractor tyres.
It appears the huge beast (a prime example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni ) allowed itself to be drawn to the surface while it munched on a snack. It seems it is a male. It was still alive when landed and was promptly frozen and taken to NewZealand where it will be preserved and studied.
I just know there will be conspiracy theorists who will see the machinations of the Great One of the Deep in this event.
Anyone for swimming?