Giant Squid Attacks Fisherman…

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…just kidding. The latest Giant Squid catch measures in at 6m and 230kg. Bert Tober’s trawler, Zeehan, was approximately 40km off the coast of Portland, Australia when it netted the monster on Sunday at a depth of 500m. Apparently, it took ten men to put the squid in the freezer.

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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.


One Reply to “Giant Squid Attacks Fisherman…”

  1. If these animals are so rare to science, how are we letting fisherman shove them in iceboxes left and right? Eventually the scientific justification for this isn’t going to justify this kind of catch. I mean, Te Papa already did a darn good job dissecting the last one … now we throw another one their way?

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