[News]: Giant Squid Hitches Free Ride to the Marquesas - Cruising World

tonmo

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Particularly interesting is the quote, "This squid would have to have stayed with the boat for weeks and weeks."
 
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I like this quote "We can't think of any ocean junk that would leave this kind of pattern. Barnacles and seaweed don't leave these marks. We've never seen fishing floats that would do this. We can't think of any other natural phenomenon that would make such marks. On the other hand, they look just like those squid suckers."


Cookie cutter shark or remora????

See this link http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/fishfacts/fish/ibrasil.htm

Where it says "There are even reports of this species leaving crater-marks on the sonar domes of submarines."
 

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Just to clear a potential misunderstanding on my part, they are referring to the 10 cm/ 4" circular structures in the photograph, right?

That would imply a VERY large squid...
 

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CG, interesting point there, you could write to them and point out your reference! (The bottom of the article invites input)... Or, we let them figure it out for themselves. :wink:
 
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I did send them an email - I will let you know if I get any reply. I have seen what cookie cutter sharks can do to elephant seal skin, so I have no doubt they could leave an imprint on a hull.
 

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I agree, but has anyone ever seen 10 cm cookie cutter bites? I never knew they grew to that size...

Then again, same applies to Architeuthis' cups... :shock:
 

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Hi,

Per Erich's observation, those look like the marks that would be left by a grinder used for barnacle removal and hull-cleaning in drydock. The diameter is about right, too.

Cheers,
Clem
 

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