On How I Was Attacked By A Kracken On My Way Home

Obviously, U-Haul has chosen a business model that will center on my future rentals.


Then I stared the great beast in the eye

You can see all the Super Graphics here. My favorites, excluding tiny above, include Limulus and the Tully Monster. Interestingly, the U-Haul site is chock-o-block full of information on these creatures, desktops you can download, and coloring pages (there goes my Thursday).

Giant squid are deep-sea creatures. Since the waters around Newfoundland are not deep, why or how do they end up there? One theory is that the Gulf Stream, a powerful current that flows northward along North America’s east coast, carries them from the deep oceans. The Gulf Stream is a fast-flowing warm water current that eventually meets up with the Labrador Current, a very cold and fast-moving current that flows south from the Arctic. These two currents meet off the northeastern shores of Newfoundland, where there is a sudden drop in temperature. Scientists know that squid in general don’t react well to a drastic change, so that could help to explain why giant squid succumb to this environment. Evidence of this theory is provided by the fact that Newfoundland has been the landing place for more giant squid in the fall and winter months. However, some scientists believe that squid may already be worn out and sick by the time they reach these waters. They may indeed be driven from their home waters in search of food. While there is no conclusive evidence of what happens to a giant squid traveling along these currents, this theory could explain why the shores of Newfoundland become their ultimate, if unintended, destinations.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

2 Replies to “On How I Was Attacked By A Kracken On My Way Home”

  1. Hee… when I was in graduate school in Alabama, I got a little homesick for my native isle of Newfoundland whenever I saw that one :)

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