So Very Close But No Squid

Craig meet Fate…Fate meet Craig…Fate you can now proceed to slap Craig in the face.

In my 2 year reign tenure at MBARI, I have literally spent a total of two months at sea off the central California coast…a day here, a week there. But of course I haven’t seen a giant squid nor did I expect to. Sightings of the elusive deep-sea denizen are rare off the California coast, only a handful in the last 100 or so years. Then yesterday I get news that the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation collected a giant squid floating about 20 miles off the coast of Santa Cruz.

Well isn’t that just freakin’ terrific!

No really I am so happy that they and not I got to both collect and yesterday dissect the beast. I mean what interest do I have in a 25ft long squid.

You can see video by ABC7 here of the dissection.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

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 (, 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.