Architeuthis (Giant Squid) Sightings

Tintenfisch

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Hi gang!

Eddie Howard, Marine Biologist at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre, who came across the giant squid carcass washed up on a remote Wellington beach over the weekend, gave me permission to share his FB album with the photos he took--you can view them here. Luckily for us he has a science/education background and did a great job documenting the find including taking some measurements! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

:archi:
 

tonmo

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Very cool. Just shared on our FB page. :thumbsup: ...any idea what the "packets" are referencing?
 

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Cool additional photos! Strange that no news outlets are mentioning that the tentacles are missing, otherwise it would be double the size!
 

Tintenfisch

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Hi Tony,

Looking at the photos of the buccal region, with the beak missing, I think they are probably salivary glands that are hanging out now that the buccal bulb has been removed.

Eddie did manage to get a piece of tissue from the specimen so hopefully we can get a little more information about it--it will be A. dux but it would be interesting to look at the genetics of the specimens we've seen around NZ a little more closely!
 

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I was very excited to see this. I particularly liked that the Archi just hung a meter away and then went into motion. It was really fascinating to watch.
 

tonmo

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Agreed! We've never seen anything like that in this community... and we've been on the lookout for a long time! :old:
 

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