[NEWS]: Falkland Islands Architeuthis

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I would not advise that this 'giant' squid be used for human consumption as the flesh contains a high level of ammonia.

All I can imagine now is a plate full of the biggest calamari in the world surrounded by a great many green-faced diners. Are such high ammonia levels (meaning indigestible amounts) unique to squid like Architeuthis, or is it just a proportionate ratio thing?

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Many species of squid have high concentrations of ammonium ions in their tissues that make them more buoyant (e.g. Taningia danae, Ancistrocheirus lesueuri); others have a coelom within the mantle cavity filled with fluids that have very high ammonium concentrations (e.g. members of the family Cranchiidae). For more info on ammonium in squid, see:

Clarke, M.R.; Denton, E.J.; Gilpin-Brown, J.B. 1979. On the use of ammonium for buoyancy in squids. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 59: 259–276.

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Very cool -- thanks for the follow-up on this, Phil! Lots of interest in this story over in the UK...
 
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Yes indeed.

All the major papers carried articles today, including the Daily Mail (Groan!) who report that in the 1930's a Norwegian Tanker was attacked by a Giant Squid! :roll:
 

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Dub_doctor,

A quick word of advice. Get to the BMNH as early as you can, find the Darwin Centre and book yourself on a tour. Only a dozen or so people are allowed in every half an hour and it can get busy sometimes. It can be booked solid by 13:00, and that's without the attraction of the Architeuthis. You can spend the intervening time wandering around that magnificent museum.

If you turn up at 2:30 you could be disappointed.

Hope you make it, look forward to your report.

Phil
 

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