Biggest Squid Ever!

Sweet Jesus! Several news agencies are reporting that New Zealand fisherman in the Ross Sea caught the LARGEST SQUID EVER FOUND.   It’s not Architeuthis dux, the giant squid but rather Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, the colossal squid! The monster comes into 450kg (992 lbs). That is 1/2 ton! It is 10m long (32.9ft).  The previous record was 300kg from 2003, so you can see this quite a find. As I posted before, while the giant squid is longer, the colossal squid is heavier.  “It is believed the crew on the boat stopped winching in the long-line and spent two hours manoeuvring a net under the squid to haul it aboard.” My favorite quote is from Dr. Steve O’Shea “He says if calamari were made from the squid the rings would be the size of tractor tires.”

 Stay tuned for pictures!


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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

4 comments on “Biggest Squid Ever!
  1. Thanks for clarifying the difference between the two “giant” squids: I keep reading each is the “largest”, which would seem to be nonsense, and admit it hadn’t occurred to me that what was being measured was different. Length vs. weight neatly explains the seemingly conflicting claims.

    Both are amazing animals. (Er, both squids, that is. The Aussie biologist, is, well, ah, let’s not go there… ;-) )

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