Lortmen (and what does this stand for?).
I'm a little starved for info at this end too, but the most revealing info has probably been posted by the Right Honourable Regal-footed Sir Dr Ummmm. (aka Ummm) - the TV segment from the Discovery piece.
From what I've seen thus far I think we're talking a mature(ish) male and a submature female (although it has been referred to as 'mature' in the press).
There's also talk of warmer waters around Newfoundland, warmer than usual and not really experienced since the 60's (the last time that there was a spate of Architeuthis
strandings in the area). I'm not so concerned about water temperature - what really interests me is where the convergence between a warm and relatively colder mass of water lay (to me this is all about migration to areas of current convergence). I have spoken to quite a number of Canadian reporters, and none has given a damn about fact ... they want to get their story across in the minimal amount of words, in the least amount of time (one constantly referring to 'deadlines' - aka he was lazy
). I actually refused a couple of interviews, as sensationalism was their obvious intent (science can be difficult when they're not prepared to grasp or consider basics - all to date have wanted to focus on 'global warming', or have me disagree with theories advocated by those who know more of local oceanography; I refused to be drawn into such discussion/debate).
You'll find throughout the TONMO site numerous references to austral summer and winter recurring capture (= northern winter & summer respectively). Winter occurence (northern hemisphere) should come as NO surprise. What WILL surprise me is if an Architeuthis
'strands' or is caught in a net close to coast ANYWHERE
during any month between late
March and very early
June, or between late
September and very early
December (possibly late