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160483.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:59 pm Reply with quote

I think there was talk of running a question in the vein of:

What is the name of the largest squid?

Forfeit: Giant Squid

Answer: Collosal Squid

Anyway, in case we run with it, here's a story about how New Zealand scientists are having to microwave the squid, which has been frozen, because it's so big that just leaving it to defrost would mean the outside of the beast would rot before the inside defrosted.

160589.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:46 pm Reply with quote

Where are most Colossal Squid found?

In the stomachs of Sperm Whales, apparently; the estimates as to the size they probably achieve are based on extrapolations from the beaks found in the stomachs of these whales, for whom they are a major food source.

According to my friend the wiki, anyway. And why would she lie to me about a thing like that?

160614.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:39 am Reply with quote

The Lepidoteuthis grimaldii, or the Grimaldi Scaled Squid, was named after the family name of Prince Albert I of Monaco who studied the regurgitations of sperm whales to find evidence of giant squids. Albertís team first described this species in 1895, but a full description was only published in 2003.


160618.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:41 am Reply with quote

Was this question not done in the QI Live show in Oxford recently?

Does it matter? (Methinks probably not...)

160625.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:14 am Reply with quote

Yes, I think that was why it was mentioned. But I thought we were considering a recyclement.

160639.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:13 am Reply with quote

The humble Humboldt Squid is on the rise off the Californian coast at the moment, and they're a little bit annoyed, especially with divers.

Here's someone actually getting mugged by a couple of them:
Four divers found that out when they tried to document the squids' behavior in the Sea of Cortez 17 years ago. While a non-diving passenger battled to land a 14-foot thresher shark on rod-and-reel, Alex Kerstitch of Arizona and three friends submerged in the nighttime sea, carrying cameras. The divers settled near the dim fringes of the boat's lights. They could see the weary shark being pulled toward the boat. Below, dozens of squid began flashing iridescently, red-white-red.

The flashing is carried out via millions of chromatophores within the skin, opened to reveal red, closed to reveal white; it is believed by some scientists to be a means of communication.

A five-foot squid flung itself onto the shark and tore an orange-sized chunk from its head.

Another squid zoomed forth, tentacles clasped before its beak, and snatched a long needlefish, leaving in its wake a trail of blood and scales.

The frenzy built and Kerstitch, as the lone diver shooting still photographs and with no bright movie lights to deter the predators, was set upon.

A squid grabbed his right swim fin and pulled downward. He kicked it away but another grabbed his head. The cactus-like tentacles found his neck, the only part of his body not covered with neoprene.

He bashed the squid with his dive light, far less bright than the movie lights, and it let go, but it swiped both the light and the gold chain he'd been wearing.

Another squid wrapped its tentacles around his face and chest. Kerstitch dug his fingers into its clammy body.

It slid down and around his waist and pulled him downward in pulsing bursts. Then it suddenly let go, but made off with his compression meter.

For whatever reason, the attack ceased and Kerstitch got to the surface dazed and oozing blood from neck wounds, thankful to be alive.

The incident became legendary among divers, the first of many painful but, so far, nonfatal encounters by divers with Humboldt squid.

LA Times


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