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Giant Squid Caught on Film

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the science-out-of-science-fiction dept.

Science 551

caffeined writes "I think almost every geek's heart must skip a beat when they hear about giant squids (think "Jules Verne"). It appears the two Japanese researchers have managed (for the first time) to get actual footage of a live giant squid in action. It was "only" 26 feet long (a little more than 8m) which is big enough for me." Update: Pictures and no registration required at National Geographic.

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How long? (3, Interesting)

the-amazing-blob (917722) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663642)

How long until we start catching them and getting them in aquariums?

Re:How long? (4, Interesting)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663725)

Aren't giant squids one of those animals that lives so deep that it can't survive without really high pressure (too high for an aquarium)?

Re:How long? (2, Interesting)

magarity (164372) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663811)

lives so deep that it can't survive without really high pressure
 
Without lungs to collapse is the pressure really an issue? I thought the only thing from a fish's point of view (besides the light level) that changes with pressure was the viscosity.

Re:How long? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663826)

Without lungs to collapse is the pressure really an issue?

You mean like how humans would do just fine in outer space wearing nothing but a face mask?

No. Pressure is always an issue.

Re:How long? (1)

trewornan (608722) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663870)

It's usually the swim bladders that cause the problem (not lungs) because the gas in them expands, liquids are usually incompressible (nearly). If squid have swim bladders I don't know - probably.

Re:How long? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663742)

the hell with that....how long until we capture them and start putting lasers and darts on them??

Re:How long? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663866)

I eat babies

hehehehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663643)

Hehehehehe

where's the vid (4, Insightful)

b17bmbr (608864) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663644)

there's no video link. i need to see that.

Re:where's the vid (4, Informative)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663711)

I have been searching up and down google for a video, and I have yet to see even a reference to a site with it. According to this article [abc.net.au], It is a 30 time-laps movie of 3 hours while the giant squid was tied up. If you find a link, please post.

Re:where's the vid (1)

syukton (256348) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663864)

Video is on this page [msn.com] but since it's on MSNBC, they bend you over and make you take it Internet Explorer style. Actually, I went ahead and opened it in IE and I'm stuck watching the Iams multicat commercial over and over because the advertisement stream keeps timing out just before the end and it just replays over and over again without letting me move on to the content.

Oop, there it goes. It's 21 seconds of video. And....I can't play it again. The "play" button on the embedded player is disabled after playing the stream once.

I tried to grab a screenshot but it didn't work. The embedded player's video acceleration doesn't draw to the screen bitmap but uses the overlay mode of the video card...

Well if you've got IE and you can put up with the headache required to see the video, it's there. The squid looks REALLY unusual and the 21 seconds of video are...hm, yeah, I'll say it's worth it.

The Pictures (2, Insightful)

dodald (195775) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663647)

It sure would be nice to see the pictures.

Re:The Pictures (5, Informative)

m0nk3ym1nd (548825) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663678)

Here's one at National Geographic [nationalgeographic.com]

one more off the list (1)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663736)

Like many people here at /. I'm sure, seeing a (picture of) a live giant squid is one of those things that were definatley on my list of things to do before I die.

Damn, does that thing look cool.

Re:The Pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663856)

Holy crap, you slashdotted National Geographic. Wow.

Skip a beat, eh? (5, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663651)

I think almost every geek's heart must skip a beat when they hear about giant squids

Mmmmm.... Tentacle hentai....

Re:Skip a beat, eh? (5, Funny)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663750)

I can't believe some people get off on that stuff.

My girlfriend knows such a Japanese lady who draws tentacle hentai and gets off on it. She's cute, but has many imaginary boyfriends apparently. We always joke that she has a octopus for a boyfriend. She thinks that men and women holding hands and kissing is disgusting though (?!) - which as you can imagine, tends to turn most guys off her, probably causing her to fantasize about poor octopi.

On a seperate note, I think Freud would have had a field day over in Japan.

Re:Skip a beat, eh? (1)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663860)

I believe the reason is that at some point there was some law restricting the publication of erect penises, so hentai authors who really wanted to show penetration needed to be creative. Also, tentacles have the advantage that you can just grope everything at once.

Also, Japan is just a veritable breeding ground for fetishes in general. I suspect the rapid modernization and high population density probably has something to do with it, but hell... nobody can really understand Japan, not even Japanese people.

woo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663653)

I wonder how ScuttleMonkey will feel when he sees my giant cock penetrating his anus on video.
Slashdot is gay!

A buffet! (4, Funny)

darkitecture (627408) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663659)


Calamari for EVERYONE!

Re:A buffet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663791)

We love Calamari...Calamari Damacy!

Re:A buffet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663792)

Fortunately for the squid, humans would probably find that their flesh would taste like the inside of a duracell on account of the ammonium chloride present.

Unfortunately for the squid, sperm whales don't seem to mind it.

Tonight's special is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663661)

Calamari. Bon appetit!

yarrrr!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663664)

YARR
Me and me pirate buddies have been fighting tee squids for years

No video (2, Funny)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663666)

looks like the giant squid will continue to remain uncaught on cameras. Personally I think they are just really ET's who like to have a nice sauna in our freezing oceans.... What?! Prove me wrong.

Heart Skip (5, Funny)

mrclark13 (812867) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663669)

I think gaint squid are interesting. That being said, I think maybe the submitter needs to get out more and enjoy some human companionship if his heart skips a beat at the thought of squid. Either that or his ex-girlfriends must have been really monstrous.

Two Tiny Humans Caught on Film (2)

bonch (38532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663682)

JoeSquid writes: "I think almost every squid's hearts must skip a beat when they hear about tiny humans (think "The Monkeys Above The Shore"). It appears a giant squid researcher has managed (for the first time) to get actual footage of two tiny humans in action. They were only five feet long (a little more than 1.5m) which is big enough for me."

I just hope.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663690)

that she doesn't try to take my happycake oven. Seriously, 40 watt deliciousness.

Re:I just hope.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663824)

... but the secret ingredient is love.

Fuck You Thomas Patterson! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663693)

Damn right. I remember that day back in 6th grade where we got into a huge fight over the existance of the giant squid.

I had said that carcasses were found, and after making fun of me for using the word "carcass," you proceeded to articulate further on my sexuality (which, btw, you couldnt have been more wrong about.)

Tom, you then declared, through some haphazard strange conglomeration of swears and 6th grade dialogue, that you would drink your own pee if it were real.

Im going to find your number, and ask if you are going to do it. Just to fuck with you.

(name changed)

Re:Fuck You Thomas Patterson! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663737)

+2 Hilarious (except for Thomas Patterson).

Worthless without pics (4, Funny)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663698)

Researcher 1: OMFG! We just caught a Giant Squid on camera!
Researcher 2: Quick, let's get an article up and not give them any pictures!
Researcher 1: Perfect!

"only" 8m...thats big (2, Informative)

weighn (578357) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663699)

from the wikipedia : recent estimates put the maximum size at 10 m

oops... (1)

weighn (578357) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663729)

max size is 10m for males and 13 m (43 ft) for females...
"Big Mamma is that a tentacle in your pocket?"

Re:"only" 8m...thats big (2, Informative)

Boccaccio (762644) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663763)

From the National geographic article on the squid.... The longest giant squid on record measured 59 feet (18 meters), including its two elongated tentacles.

Re:"only" 8m...thats big (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663855)

Well, if it's on wikipedia, it MUST be true.

OMGOMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663703)

Is that a Giant Squid in your pants?
Or are you just happy to see me?

Eh (4, Funny)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663705)

Eh. Nothing exciting here.

Now, if it were giant squids with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads...

Re:Eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663774)

ARRRRRR!
You beat me to the fricken' seafood laser joke! I thought better of posting it outright, and getting modded redundant if every other slashdotter thought the same thing, so I read down the list of comments and found yours! Curse you matey!

I think blatant jokes like this one usher in a new era of Slashdot, where all cliches are known to the majority of users, so everyone lunges for the same obvious jokes. A photo of the fark.com "It's a TRAP!" Admiral would be well suited as my signature for the moment.

-Saskboy

Re:Eh (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663847)

Now, if it were giant squids with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads...

. . .and tits.

KFG

I have some shocking news for you Mr. Geek (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663709)

26 feet long (a little more than 8m)

26 feet = 7.9248 meters

You know you are ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663714)

a japanese fanboy if... you immediately thought "Squid sashimi"

or

a hentai otaku if... you immediately thought "Yes, and were young schoolgirls involved?"

(hentai otaku - fanboy of hentai (perverse) anime)

Pics here (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663721)

My god...it's hideous. [barbrastreisand.com]

TROLL. MODDA DOWNA. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663753)

Mod down please. Thank you for your consideration of the above post which clearly constitues a "troll" phenomena.

Re:OH, You Are Sooooo Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663808)

Barbara happens to be one of the largest contributors to the ISTGSF, or, International Save The Giant Squid Fund.

This is rad and very. on. topic.

Re:Pics here (4, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663777)

You know what. I've seen goatse links before. They are grotesque. But this just crosses the line. Can we get the IP banned?

Ogasawara Whale-Watching Association? (0, Offtopic)

quenz (879237) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663730)

Sounds like a fun group to belong - rather like the 'Nebraska Prime Beef Watching Assocation' isn't it?

Why watch when you can eat?

Show some pictures, damn it (1)

schestowitz (843559) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663749)

In other news, I have just developed an astounding computer global illumination rendering algorithm. It gives you the most stunning translucency effects your have ever seen and its output looks scaringly photorealistic. I have it all running, I have a zillion images I generated on my computer, BUT...

No picture is public yet!

...now you know how I feel....

Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663751)

After first spotting the giant squid, one of the japanese researchers was quoted as saying: "We're going to need a bigger ball of rice".

It's really too bad... (1)

SSonnentag (203358) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663793)

It's a shame that the squid lost the end of one of its feeding tenticles. Now it will most likely starve to death and be snagged in some Japanese fisherman's nets. Oh well. It was worth it all to get a few low quality photos.

Re:It's really too bad... (2, Interesting)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663815)

You do know that those things regenerate, right? Please take the tree-hugging shit somewhere else. Now that this species is no longer faceless it stands a much higher chance of getting sympathetic support from non-communist-green humans than it did before.

Chances might not be great now, but when it was a "myth" they were non-existant. Noone in his right mind is going to make sacrifices to protect the existance of a species that has not been proven to exist. At least we know for a fact these buggers are still alive. That's worth whatever sacrifice to that species that the photos necessitated.

Titanic Struggle (5, Interesting)

Quirk (36086) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663797)

My step Dad, a naval officer (pilot), now retired, saw a whale surface with a giant squid engulfing it's head. The whale breached a couple of times with the giant squid unrelentingly attached, attacking and maybe feeding.

I've read that during WWII giant squid would attack red life boats filled with sailors from sunk ships. Apparently the red colour attracts them.

By all accounts they are extremely aggresive, suggesting they don't see themselves as prey and know no predators.

I think I'll keep my exposure to them second hand.

Re:Titanic Struggle (1)

qbwiz (87077) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663846)

Everything I've heard of (squid beaks in sperm whale stomachs, for example) suggests that its sperm whales that eat the giant squid.

Re:Titanic Struggle (2, Interesting)

MalachiConstant (553800) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663852)

Not that I totally doubt your dad's story, but if a squid surfaced it would die unless maybe it did it very, very slowly. I don't think it would be in much shape to be attacking.

As for them attacking life boats, that's ridiculous. If they were that easy to attract we would have photographed and captured them by now.

Thirdly, giant squid do have natural predators, the aforementioned sperm whales and (according to Wikipedia) the pacific sleeper shark.

They are nasty beasts, though. Take a look at their rotating beaks sometime, or read up on them at the Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org].

Re:Titanic Struggle (1)

ShawnDoc (572959) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663858)

I've never heard of giant squid attacking life rafts before. Got any links to documentation?

Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663798)

From the msnbc article:

The Japanese scientists found the squid by following sperm whales, the most effective hunters of giant squid, as they gathered to feed between September and December in the deep waters off the coast of the Ogasawara Islands in the North Pacific.

Wait... Whale spermatozoides hunt and feed on giant squids? Holy shiznit!!

Tentacle? (3, Insightful)

tedrlord (95173) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663803)

So, wait. These scientists worked so long to track down and photograph this rare creature in its natural habitat, then tore off one of its tentacles before it could get away? That can't end well for the creature.

What do they look like? Duh... (5, Funny)

NewsWatcher (450241) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663825)

"Nobody knew what they looked like in the wild."

Well, at a guess, just like a normal squid, only bigger.

Thank god the hunt is over. That was obviously worth the effort.

Too bad (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663837)

Am I the only one who finds it a bit sad that this poor creature got entangled with the bait, and was only able to get away (after several hours) by ripping off a tentacle?

What do you call a female octopus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13663838)

Octopussy.

Jules Verne? (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663840)

I think almost every geek's heart must skip a beat when they hear about giant squids (think "Jules Verne").

I never knew Jules Verne included tentactle rape in his stories.

How do we know they're Giant Squid? (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13663854)

The Japanese long ago mastered the art of making small animals look very big. So big they could destroy entire cities.
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