U-Haul Giant Squid

Phil

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Clem said:
I do not have a copy of your original Holyrood squid photo. The one site that I know used to host it is no longer in existence.

By a fluke I actually found a copy of it on a disk this evening; duly restored to original thread. Phew!
 

ersaro

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Holyrood Architeuthis photo

Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread but I came across it and thought I'd post anyway. The picture 'Holyrood Architeuthis' that you are discussing is actually my great uncle. The original photo used to hang in my grandparents house! So just in case you never found more info on this, I can provide some! The picture was taken in 1934 in Harbour Main, Newfoundland. Uncle Joe was out in his boat when he saw something floating in the water. He went over to it and realized it was still alive although it appeared to be sick and weak. He had a struggle with it and managed to bring it into shore, where it died. I believe he charged local residents a couple of cents to come and see it and made himself a little profit! The squid was taken to St. John's for research but the freezer it was kept in mysteriously caught on fire, destroying the squid, before the scientists were able to examine it. There are more details but I can't remember them all. It's been a while since I read the story. There was a Reader's Digest article on the story back in the late 80s I believe. My parents still have it. Anyway, if anyone's reading this, I hope it helps clear up a little bit of the mystery surrounding the photo!
 

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Hi and welcome to TONMO.com!:welcome:

What a strange coincidence that you know about this photo and the story behind it! Thanks for sharing the story.

Nancy
 

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:welcome:, thanks, and yeah, if your parents still have the pic or the reader's digest article, it'd be great if you'd be willing to scan them and post them here!
 

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