Thursday, September 29, 2005

The big picture...

As reported here on CNN, Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both based in Tokyo, Japan, captured the first pictures of a giant squid in its natural habitat ~900 metres below the surface in the cold, dark waters of the North Pacific.

"This is the first time a full-grown, healthy squid has been sighted in its natural environment in deep water." Kubodera added.

"It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle six meters long, " Mori said.

Hmmm, so they report the first picture of a "full-grown, healthy squid" and in the process of doing so render it not-so-healthy owing to the loss of one of its tentacles!! Ah! But they got their picture, didn't they?

Curiously, when the Environmental News Network (ENN) reported the same event there was no mention of the damaged appendage at all. Why did they leave out that piece of information?? Your guess is as good as mine.

1 comment:

Psidiumguajava said...

Do giant squids sting? I would hate to among a school of these...
(You know, like the clownfish..)