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Live Giant Squid Dissection Tomorrow

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the this-can't-happen-often-enough dept.

Science 95

BoogieChile writes "The dissection of a 245 kilo giant squid caught off the coast of Portland, Victoria in May will take place tomorrow at the Museum of Victoria. In a first for the museum, the event is open to the public and will also be streamed live to the internet from the University's website, starting at 0130GMT on the 17th of July."

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Seems inhumane (4, Funny)

Teese (89081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219601)

You'd think they'd euthanize the squid first.

Re:Seems inhumane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24219661)

I thought they were going to dissect the pet squid of a living giant human.

Re:Seems inhumane (4, Funny)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219733)

No, they can't, because they want it to be streaming.

Re:Seems inhumane (0, Flamebait)

agent4256 (893846) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220045)

hopefully their servers will be able to handle the number of connections... unlike apples' did on the day the iphone 3g came out...

Dissecting a live web caching server is risky (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24220081)

On the other hand, when your squid [squid-cache.org] stops caching, sometimes dissection is the best way to troubleshoot the problem.

Re:Seems inhumane (1)

evil agent (918566) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219847)

I prefer organic calamari, thank you.

Re:Seems inhumane (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220983)

I prefer organic calamari

As opposed to inorganic calamari?

Re:Seems inhumane (5, Informative)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220273)

The dissection of a living creature is called a vivisection, actually. If you are dissecting something, it's generally accepted that it's already dead.

The More You Know!

(Yes, I am aware the GP was a joke)

Re:Seems inhumane (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24220431)

The More You Know!

Always speak in complete sentences. Fragments? Never.

Re:Seems inhumane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24221907)

The dissection of a living creature is called a vivisection, actually. If you are dissecting something, it's generally accepted that it's already dead.

Then, in 1982 or so, I guess I vivisected a frog in high school biology class.

I thought that it was not rare to dissect a pithed [wikipedia.org] animal.

Actually reading TFA, I think it is clear that the squid is dead. The Slashdot story headline is unfortunate; reading it, I actually thought they were going to dissect a live, pithed squid. But really it will be a live streaming broadcast of a dead squid dissection. (I think the OP understood this and was making a joke. But I didn't understand it, you insensitive clod!)

Re:Seems inhumane (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 6 years ago | (#24223283)

Nah, as the /. headline would be accurate, we know then it would have referred to live vivisection instead of live dissection.

First look (5, Funny)

Zosden (1303873) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219613)

Did anyone else think they meant they were going to dissect a live squid.

Re:First look (2, Funny)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219743)

Yes.. I figure they would have gotten some interrogators from Abu Gahraib since the squid's mantle vaguely looks like a turban.

Re:First look (2, Insightful)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222507)

They want to dissect it. If they wanted to hook up jumper cables and shock its testicles, THEN they'd get some interrogators from Abu Gahraib.

Re:First look (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24229153)

Aha! So the rumor that an octopus has eight testicles is TRUE! ... Well, that's what my grade-school teacher insisted, anyway. But what did she know. Oh, you squid.

Re:First look (2, Informative)

lalas (85981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219745)

That'd be a vivisection.

Re:First look (2, Funny)

mweather (1089505) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220139)

Not for long.

Re:First look (1)

Mr. Droopy Drawers (215436) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219753)

yeah, I did... The article didn't describe it that way...

Re:First look Maybe it's a combined operation? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221135)

DiViSection?

VivDisection?

It starts one way, and ends another?

Re:First look (4, Funny)

8282now (583198) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220129)

Did anyone else think they meant they were going to dissect a live squid.

I was picturing some of the Old Ones (Lovecraftian) having something to gurgle about that! ;)

Re:First look (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221437)

Forget Lovecraft, has anyone told Bruce Schneier, yet?

As a matter of fact, before posting this I checked his web site, and he already knows. I guess you can't beat Bruce Schneier to a squid. Add that to his list of Chuck-Norris-isms.

Re:First look (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221101)

I think it would have been better phrased "Live Dissection of Giant Squid Tomorrow". Just in case the reader is unaware of the vivisection/dissection distinction ;)

Re:First look (1)

TriggerFin (1122807) | more than 6 years ago | (#24230023)

What, and add a word? No way! Besides, "live dissection" could still be vivisection.

"Giant Squid Dissection Live Tomorrow"

Re:First look (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 6 years ago | (#24231551)

Indeed; that's much better!

Re:First look (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24235407)

Yeah, I was thinking it would be kick ass to watch a squid throw scientists around the room like the alien did in Independence Day.

afterwards (5, Funny)

electricbern (1222632) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219687)

... the museum will be hosting, in celebration of the event, a squid buffet for invitees.

Re:afterwards (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219785)

When I was in AP Bio about 8 years ago, our lab manual for the squid dissection contained instructions for making calamari from the squid afterwords. of course, our squids had been soaked in formaldehyde or whatever it is that they use nowadays for quite some time.

Re:afterwards (1)

Botched (1314867) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219993)

My mom's bio class, she makes sure to provide the squid herself to get around this. Cant have a good squid dissection without lemon wedges and hot oil waiting!

Re:afterwards (1)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220199)

Does your mom happen to teach 8th grade Biology in Vancouver, WA? My bio teacher did the same thing. She even breaded them on the spot!

To this day I won't touch calamari, heh.

Re:afterwards (4, Interesting)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220235)

Regular-sized squid are actually the most plentiful source of protein on the planet, far out-stripping cattle, chicken and tuna. If we would just eat them instead...

Re:afterwards (0)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220671)

Regular-sized squid are actually the most plentiful source of protein on the planet

Even more plentiful than plankton? krill? rice?

Re:afterwards (2, Informative)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220759)

Ok meat. Although I doubt rice qualifies either way since it is 10:1 carbs:protein.

Re:afterwards (3, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222081)

Regular-sized squid are actually the most plentiful source of protein on the planet, far out-stripping cattle, chicken and tuna. If we would just eat them instead...

You forgot bugs. They're the hands-down winner, not just in terms of bio-mass but in human diet, too. Man eating bugs!

Re:afterwards (3, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 6 years ago | (#24225037)

You forgot bugs. They're the hands-down winner, not just in terms of bio-mass but in human diet, too. Man eating bugs!

What about man eating man-eating bugs? It's like a klein buffet!
 

You forgot algae and plankton (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#24234223)

Dried spirulina is approx 55% protein. Dried beef is approx 70%.

Re:afterwards (5, Interesting)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219809)

Ugh. I hope not. Giant squid supposedly tastes repulsive. From the wiki article: [wikipedia.org]

Giant squid and some other large squid species maintain neutral buoyancy in seawater through an ammonium chloride solution which flows throughout their body and is lighter than seawater. This differs from the method of flotation used by fish, which involves a gas-filled swim bladder. The solution tastes somewhat like salmiakki and makes giant squid unattractive for general human consumption.

Re:afterwards (1)

joshtheitguy (1205998) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220001)

Well the fine folks of Scandinavia, Northern Germany and the Netherlands might appreciate the taste but to me that would be the most repulsive meal that could ever be served... ever.

Re:afterwards (1)

Per Wigren (5315) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220313)

How can one NOT love the taste of salmiac liquorice? It's the best candy ever!

I don't think I'd appreciate salmiac-tasting squid though, or any kind of squid.

Re:afterwards (1)

Apotekaren (904220) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220925)

In Finland they had(have?) for sale Salmiak-marinated steaks for the BBQ-season. And while it was delicious(you'd have to like salmiak first), you couldn't eat more then two. It was just so salty to the taste. I'm not going to judge salmiak-tasting squid just yet, though. (I usually eat 3-4 steaks of that size when we have a barbeque-party)

you must not live near norwegians (2, Funny)

CaptainNerdCave (982411) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220729)

one word: lutefisk

Re:you must not live near norwegians (1)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 6 years ago | (#24225021)

Considering the fact that it's full of lye (or used to be), it actually tastes rather ok, if you eat it with sidedishes like bacon, potatoes, peas etc. And don't forget the akevitt!

Mmmmmm... akevitt!

Ok, it's the akevitt that makes it ok! Happy now?

Re:you must not live near norwegians (1)

dkf (304284) | more than 6 years ago | (#24225579)

one word: lutefisk

Nah. Surstromming [wikipedia.org] . Anything that smells that bad and where the tins are inclined to explode (the wikipedia article claims that that's a myth, but that's just not true) is just a hazard waiting to happen...

Re:afterwards (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24228873)

Its funny you mention that.

In Iceland*, they have a means of preparing shark that pretty much involves letting it rot for a while first. The interesting part is that said species of shark is inedible as fresh due to the ammonia content.

So in theory, one might be able to prepare Giant Squid H%C3%A1karl [wikipedia.org] . Yummy.

(*Okay, not quite the Netherlands, but pretty damn close if you ask me)

Re:afterwards (1)

exi1ed0ne (647852) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220311)

I ordered some salmiakki once due to my love of licorice. I had been warned it's an acquired taste, but I thought what the heck.

For the rest of the day my mouth tasted like a cat's piss. Vile stuff.

Re:afterwards (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220727)

I love salmiak. You have a sort of candy which is hard on the outside but has salmiakpowder inside. If you chew through the hard part all the salmiak powder lands on your tongue and you cringe a bit. But then you get the lovely taste of salmiak in your mouth. I think that's what I'm going to buy on Saturday.

Re:afterwards (3, Funny)

rachit (163465) | more than 6 years ago | (#24224077)

For the rest of the day my mouth tasted like a cat's piss. Vile stuff.

And, er, how would you know what cat's piss tastes like?

Re:afterwards (1)

exi1ed0ne (647852) | more than 6 years ago | (#24227035)

"You can't just open the book of my life and jump in the middle." -Mal (Firefly)

;)

Re:afterwards (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24228897)

For the rest of the day my mouth tasted like a cat's piss. Vile stuff.

Yea, but I've heard that its one helluva drug.

Re:afterwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24220931)

hey, some people like that stuff. besides... wikipedia?

Re:afterwards (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221845)

Wikipedians as a whole probably do not like it.

Re:afterwards (3, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221045)

you're just not using enough wasabi.

Re:afterwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24224467)

Yeah, but it's the squid part, not the ammonium chloride part, that makes them repulsive.

Can't wait.... (5, Funny)

NuclearError (1256172) | more than 6 years ago | (#24219773)

I am suddenly thinking of the Far Side cartoon with the heart surgeons standing around a patient under the knife, and one says "OK, we'll vote on it. Who here says that the heart has four ventricles?"

More appropriate would be the farside cartoon (5, Funny)

SargentDU (1161355) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220357)

where the scientist and layman are in a tree and it looks like a giant squid is reaching up from the ground with its arms and the layman says "Can't climb a tree? You are the one who said it couldn't leave the water!"

Iron Chef drinking game (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24219875)

Drink one shot every time a live ingredient is mentioned.

Drink another shot if the ingredient somehow injures the chef.

non-live version? (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220263)

Anyone know if there will be a recap of this for viewing afterward? I will be in class at the time and I doubt I can persuade the professor to show it during lecture...

Re:non-live version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24246119)

http://www.legittorrents.info/index.php?page=torrent-details&id=8313658745ed780e7bf8ad575ab01fe994c73c97

squidse.cx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24220295)

Is that picture intentionally reminiscent of...?

Obligitory Dr. Quinn (Sealab 2021) quote (2, Funny)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220393)

"That giant squid ain't messin' round!"

Everyone Please come by between 7-10pm. (2, Funny)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220471)

Everyone, PLEASE remember to come by the museum for a squid buffet and all the dipping sauces!

Please remember it is 7-10PM. If you come after 10pm, we will have to-go boxes of squid by the front entrance.

PLEASE come everyone!

Thank you,
Museum of Victoria Management

squids (1)

darrinallen (1190379) | more than 6 years ago | (#24220679)

I wonder what scientist will disect? Biologist or zoologist

Re:squids (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221049)

I wonder what scientist will disect? Biologist or zoologist

Not very many Giant Squid have taken enough schooling to become biologists or zoologists.

Re:squids (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 6 years ago | (#24225141)

"Not very many Giant Squid have taken enough schooling to become biologists or zoologists."

What would be really impressive is a giant squid that passed ABCRS and became proctologist.

--
BMO

Re:squids (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24228995)

You'd need someone with an eye for science, but an intimate understanding of edible sea-creatures, and larger-than-life representations of the same.

Alton Brown [wikipedia.org] is clearly the best choice here.

Giant? (2, Interesting)

rossdee (243626) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221057)

245 Kg doesn't sound like much of a 'giant' to me. Is it a juvenile?

Re:Giant? (1)

spicate (667270) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222123)

Have you seen a normal squid? Half a ton of squid sounds pretty giant to me!

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , the source of all truth and wisdom: "Maximum weight is estimated at 275 kg (606 lb) for females and 150 kg (331 lb) for males."

Re:Giant? (1)

spicate (667270) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222135)

Have you seen a normal squid? Half a ton of squid sounds pretty giant to me!

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , the source of all truth and wisdom: "Maximum weight is estimated at 275 kg (606 lb) for females and 150 kg (331 lb) for males."

Err, not half a ton exactly, but still a lot...

Re:Giant? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222321)

It may well, but 245 kg does not sound like half a ton. It's a little over a quarter of a ton (2000 lbs), and a little under a quarter of a tonne (1000 kg).

Re:Giant? (2, Funny)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#24224655)

it's, "quarterre of a tonne."

Re:Giant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24258963)

They should drop the stupid 'tonne' name. A thousand Kilograms is a MEGAgram.

Re:Giant? (1)

belmolis (702863) | more than 6 years ago | (#24224739)

There's an even larger species called the Colossal Squid. The largest known specimen [wikipedia.org] weighed 495kg.

Re:Giant? (1)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 6 years ago | (#24225053)

Te Papa museum in New Zealand recently did a live webcast of a Collosal Squid dissection. Details and pics can be found at
their blog [tepapa.govt.nz]

Re:Giant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24222555)

Assuming you can trust wikipedia as a source, female giant squid max out somewhere around 275Kg.

Re:Giant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24222827)

Are you kidding? A 500 lb squid? How big does it have to be to impress you?

Re:Giant? (1)

lowe0 (136140) | more than 6 years ago | (#24223101)

If I ever encounter a squid that's double my weight and then some, I'm going to let it call itself whatever the hell it wants.

Re:Giant? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24223111)

245 Kg doesn't sound like much of a 'giant' to me. Is it a juvenile?

You're an American, aren't you? ;)

Re:Giant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24224599)

From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_squid):
"Maximum weight is estimated at 275 kg (606 lb) for females and 150 kg (331 lb) for males."

Re:Giant? (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 6 years ago | (#24237415)

According to today's news reports of the disection, the squid was described as an immature female. They are believed to grow much larger but this is the largest whole squid retrieved to date.

The article also commented that they were canibals - and that the males had a penis like a nail gun - mated at speed and then fled to avoid being eaten by the females.

From this I would suggest that should you decide to hook up with an old one - windex is obviously thier drink of choice.

Dissection? Is that what they call it. (1)

zymano (581466) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221373)

Chinese call it STIR FRY.

Better get splunk (2, Funny)

kwabbles (259554) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221711)

If one of their squid logfiles is 245k... imagine going through a month's worth of that to find out when Johnson in Accounting visited xxxanimalfarm.com.

Monty Squidthon (3, Funny)

Darth Hubris (26923) | more than 6 years ago | (#24221869)

Mrs Premise: I dissected the squid yesterday; took 6 hours.
Mrs. Conclusion: 6 hours!?
Mrs. Premise: Wouldn't hold still...

These things are very rare to catch (2, Interesting)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24222039)

I don't think scientists have ever seen one in the wild.

That should say a thing or two about their rarity.

What else lurks in the deep that we don't know about?

Re:These things are very rare to catch (2, Funny)

kalirion (728907) | more than 6 years ago | (#24227597)

A true scientist would consider the obvious explanation that live giant squids don't exist.

Re:These things are very rare to catch (1)

cforceleritas (1130793) | more than 6 years ago | (#24227835)

I'm pretty sure that was a joke, but evidence exists in the form of giant tentacles and decomposed enormous squid carcasses washing up on shore.

Re:These things are very rare to catch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24228209)

Which is evidence for the existence of giant tentacles and decomposed enormous squid carcasses.

Re:These things are very rare to catch (1)

AdamThor (995520) | more than 6 years ago | (#24227827)

What else lurks in the deep that we don't know about?

THE SHADOW KNOWS!

Re:These things are very rare to catch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24232565)

If they live deeper than we fish and explore and they don't float very well when they die, there could be billions of them down there and we'd never know. Right?

Re:These things are very rare to catch (1)

giostickninja (1141347) | more than 6 years ago | (#24260429)

Wikipedia knows better. A group of Japanese scientists took some pictures of one by following sperm whales to thier hunting grounds. Later the same group got a giant squid on video http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUST14899720061222/ [reuters.com]

Embedded video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24222089)

Ugh, what's with the embedded video shit?

I don't care much for Flash but it is the only thing that generally works on most machines.

Come, join the modern age you dweebs!

For some reason... (1)

anarkavre (904651) | more than 6 years ago | (#24226719)

this [museumvictoria.com.au] picture resembles a vagina with tentacles. I also thought the Sarlacc in Star Wars resembled a vagina with teeth. The Special Edition made this even worse with the beak and tentacles. Also this [pbfcomics.com] doesn't help my strange imagination.

Re:For some reason... (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 6 years ago | (#24230237)

With your imagination it is fortunate you aren't aware of Vagina Dentata [wikipedia.org]

Re:For some reason... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24234897)

Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud

5th segment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24238575)

Scientists have long wondered why the beak doesn't injure the squid itself as is uses it.

Dryfoot: It is the Power of Kroll.

Kroll, Kroll, Kroll, Kroll, Kroll, ...

download locaion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24244993)

For those of you who can't, or don't want to download it from the Australian site, here is a torrent hosted from EU sites. Should be faster if you're not in .au or .nz .

http://www.mininova.org/tor/1608574

downloadable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24247647)

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4303287/Museum_Victoria_Giant_Squid_Dissection

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