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Architeuthis size - HELP

GPO87

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Hi, I'm writing a paper on Architeuthis dux, and I was wondering what the largest size was. This site say 37 feet, but all the other sites like "Smithsonian" say about 60 feet. Is there anyone who can clear this up!
 

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Howdo GPO87

WK has directed you to the ONLY site online that presents accurate data. I don't understand why other sites perpetuate this 60-foot (20 metre) myth. Given the number of these animals that have been recently (last few years) reported in the press, and documentaries that have screened, don't you think it strange that every animal has been considerably shorter than 60 feet? It's even more strange that not a single photograph of such a humungous animal exists!

The beaks and pen (gladius) of the purported 57-foot animal from New Zealand (on which the exaggerated '60 foot' claim is made) are actually smaller and shorter than comparable structures from standard-sized 30-foot animals that we see today. In other words, complete exaggeration!
 
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So,

I wish I had an opportunity to write about giant squid! What class and grade is this for? A very good source to use is a book you probably already have: Search for the Giant Squid by Richard Ellis. Great book.

Good luck, and send me your final draft when you are done!

The one and only,
Squidman

:oshea:
 

GPO87

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Actually, it's not for any class. One of the scholarships I'm entering for University is about scientific discoveries! I thought that giant squid was the most amazing discovery so....

:smile:
 

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Does anybody remember the late Dr. Frederick Aldritch on Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe stating his belief that Architeuthis gets to be 150 feet in length? It's amazing what respectable people will say once the cameras get turned on!

Incidentally, that same episode also has a USN spokesman talking about the run-in that the destroyer U.S.S. Stein had off San Diego with what was apparently a Moroteuthis, as well as tonmo member Tom Williams being interviewed regarding a cryptozoological expedition to Papua in search of the legendary "lady-fish".
 
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erich orser said:
Does anybody remember the late Dr. Frederick Aldritch on Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe stating his belief that Architeuthis gets to be 150 feet in length? It's amazing what respectable people will say once the cameras get turned on!

Incidentally, that same episode also has a USN spokesman talking about the run-in that the destroyer U.S.S. Stein had off San Diego with what was apparently a Moroteuthis, as well as tonmo member Tom Williams being interviewed regarding a cryptozoological expedition to Papua in search of the legendary "lady-fish".
A Moroteuthis what? What in the world is that?! What's a lady fish?
 

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erich orser said:
Does anybody remember the late Dr. Frederick Aldritch .....
The original GS guru - the man that started all of this. Unfortunately I never met him, nor the late Gil Voss, but we do owe a lot to the both of them (and to G.C. Robson!!). All we ever do is re-invent the wheel.

Robson was a genius; some say insane. It's a very fine line!
 

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