Giant Squid Found off Florida

Robert Benz and his buddies were fishing Sunday about 12 miles offshore from Port Salerno when they spotted something floating in the water. It turned out to be a 23-foot long giant squid.   The main part of the body was about 11-feet long, but with its two long tentacles, it barely fit in the 23-foot boat Benz was riding in.

The specimen was taken to the Florida Museum of Natural History where it was preserved with formalin and tissue samples taken for DNA analysis.  Because of its size it will take two weeks to preserve it.

“This is a pretty massive animal,” he said. “It took about six people to move it, and it wasn’t light.”

Scientists believe the squid was a senior.  This could explain why it was found of Florida…retirement?

via Giant squid found off Port Salerno.

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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.

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