Thank you so much for the amazing pictures! I enjoyed the "GIANT SQUID" sign on the side of the "box," in case someone didn't know what it was! Thanks Dr. O'Shea. New Zealand looks lovely this time of year
I ma just wandering if anyone has seen this video of a giant squid being caught in San Diego Bay? I find it hard to believe and would think that Marine Biologists and Scientists would be jumping for a chance to catch these like this.
People are dumb.
Some proud parents of such wonderful kids.
What a healthy respect for wildlife, too.
Dr. Steve, what would be the safest way to release a squid like this if someone who didn't want to shout "kill, kill!" and hit it once it was landed accidentally caught one? I can't imagine leaving the hook in and cutting the line would be healthy, but I imagine the time out of the water and the ensuing struggle would be stressful if you were to try to remove the hook...Any thoughts?
It's sad to see kids chanting "kill, kill". I just hope that some day they can see that the squid is a creature better off not being killed, just like anything else. Hopefully they won't grow up to be like Peter Talley.
I can't imagine leaving the hook in and cutting the line would be healthy, but I imagine the time out of the water and the ensuing struggle would be stressful if you were to try to remove the hook...Any thoughts?
No cutting the line and leaving the hook in wouldn't be good, I would put the squid in a fish bin and hold the mantle (while wearing wet gloves to try to preserve the skin) then unhook the squid, if they're using a squid jig it will be barbless and should come off easily, if it was a barbed hook, I'd push it through, then cut the hook to remove it.
It would probably take two people though! Steve may have other methods?