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Post by GEOvanne on Thu 14 Feb 2008, 10:20 pm

If you didnt know, the Kraken is a giant squid.

Dead ones have washed up on beaches from time to time, but just recently, live ones have found.

The animal—which measures roughly 25 feet (8 meters) long—was
photographed 2,950 feet (900 meters) beneath the North Pacific Ocean.
Japanese scientists attracted the squid toward cameras attached to a
baited fishing line.
The scientists say they snapped more than 500 images of the
massive cephalopod before it broke free after snagging itself on a
hook. They also recovered one of the giant squid's two longest
tentacles, which severed during its struggle.
The photo sequence, taken off Japan's Ogasawara Islands in
September 2004, shows the squid homing in on the baited line and
enveloping it in "a ball of tentacles."
Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum in Tokyo and
Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association report their
observations this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


"Architeuthis appears to be a much more active
predator than previously suspected, using its elongated feeding
tentacles to strike and tangle prey," the researchers write.

They add that the squid was found feeding at depths where no light penetrates even during the day.

The Japanese researchers used sperm whales as guides to help them
pinpoint likely giant squid haunts. Over the years whalers have
reported finding a high number of large squid beaks in the mammals'
stomachs, pegging sperm whales as primary preditor of large squids.

Giant squid, along with their close cousins colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis), have the largest eyes of any animal.

"Giant squid do have particularly large eyes, which would suggest
vision is important to them. Having a large eye isn't unusual in
deep-sea animals—you see it quite often in fish."
The fact that the animal caught on film was swimming in total
darkness suggests the species detects prey using alternative light
sources. "The only light down there is likely to be light produced by
other animals," said Collins of the British Antarctic Survey.
The Japanese team thinks that research techniques similar to
their own could be used to bring about more close encounters with giant
squid. Ellis of the American Museum of Natural History agrees.
"I'm sure we can learn a lot from an analysis of these images,"
he said. "And now that we have an idea of where to look for [the
squid], we will undoubtedly get more pictures."


pictures: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/photogalleries/giant_squid/





article (partially) taken from: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0927_050927_giant_squid.html
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Post by Snyper on Fri 15 Feb 2008, 5:08 pm

I'm fearing that these larger squids, will upset the underwater eco-system, as they will soon become predators to even larger things such as sharks, whales and those other things (hence no longer prey).

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Post by tabooXchanz on Fri 15 Feb 2008, 9:00 pm

hmm I'm not too worried about them becoming predators to such things because If I'm not mistaken these are an ancient specie of creature, I don't think they would up and change their feeding habits and also I don't think their body will allow the intake of such large prey, whether just their digestive system or their buccal cavity for that matter..

I remember when the scientists couldn't find any live ones, I'm happy to know they've found now...tey are making strides Very Happy maybe we'll find a dead or live nessy soon
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Post by GEOvanne on Sat 16 Feb 2008, 8:01 pm

yeah, they wont upset nothign, they have been there from before you were born and nothing never happen, why would something happen now that they actually found live ones?
and plus, sperm whales already feed on then, beaks have been found in their bellies

you know noting about animals do you snyper?




yeah, mabey nessi and bigfoot Smile
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Post by tabooXchanz on Sat 16 Feb 2008, 8:18 pm

ohh yes bigfoot...they are many supposed sighting of bigfoot and all those foot casts, i think there is more evidence for that than there is for nessi
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