Giant squid found off Florida coast


20 Responses to “Giant squid found off Florida coast”

  1. Lobster says:

    All they need is one PR guy and they can solve this.

    Giant Squid.
    Huge Squid.
    Enormous Squid.
    Really Enormous Squid.
    Gigantic Squid.
    Colossal Squid.
    Huge Squid.
    I did not already say Huge Squid.
    Well then there are two Huge Squids now, OK, it’s not a big deal.
    Giant Ten-Legged Seabeast.
    The Kraken.
    Giant Kraken.
    Your Mother.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s amazing that this guy felt that he had to bring this squid in because no one would believe that he saw it. What happened to this squid? I hope they ate every last piece of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wake me up when one is pulled from the depths clutching an awesome steampunk submarine.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yet, still, some will say that the frequency of finding large squid is becoming more common. Which is a bit disconcerting, since it wasn’t until quite recently that the first documented “giant squid” was reported to have been caught. Hundreds of years with barely a footnote and suddenly a glut of these once cryptozoological specimen. Climatologically speaking, I believe we may be boned.

  5. Talia says:

    And others dream of epic calamari feasts.

  6. boo says:

    Just before everyone posts all the Kraken alerts, and before we stuff and/or grill the specimen, I sigh and ask “Do we know which species?!”

  7. hapa says:

    yet others will wonder if there were signs of epic combat with a mysterious piratical submarine.

  8. Ipo says:

    Atlantic Giant Squid

    Scientific Name: Architeuthis Dux

    Total length: 23-25 feet

    Total weight 200 pounds

    Eats: Fish and other squid species

    Giant squid exhibit reverse sexual dimorphism.

    Sounds dirty.

  9. Flashman says:

    Hey, here’s a baby giant whale that we came across a couple of weeks ago:

    It’s probably still there, at the western tip of Brier Island, Nova Scotia, if anybody wants to take a look!

  10. Rich Keller says:

    There’s ammonium chloride in the tissue of some Architeuthis species that makes them inedible to humans. Laura Miller in a New York Times review of Richard Ellis’s “Search for the Giant Squid” says that it would taste “like a mouth full of household cleaner.” But then, this link says colossal squids are edible:

    They ate some to see if it was ammoniated. Why wait for lab results when you can just take a bite? That’s some empiricism for you right there.

    • teapot says:

      @Maggie: Include me in the small subest of readers who complain that something as awesome as a giant squid deserves a post pic. Perhaps even this CC flickr image proclaiming that “Giant squid has a posse”? (though the claim is impossible to verify)

      @Rich: Thankyou for making me re-imagine my mouth as a portable lab that travels wherever I do.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Shark and skate can have a strong ammonia taste, too, if they’re not handled properly when caught.

  11. jimh says:

    Some will wonder if the fishermen will be paid for their find, or if it will be squid pro bono.

  12. Joe The Wizard says:

    A 23 foot long squid! That’s a fucking load of squid!

  13. Daemon says:

    But the best of us will say IA! IA! Cthulhu Fthagn!

  14. Brainspore says:

    Giant squid are OK, I guess… until you’ve seen the Colossal Squid.

  15. sami says:

    that’s bigger than-OMG!-my little sami!

  16. Anonymous says:

    95% of our oceans are unknown..forget the outer space nonsense and discover our world…..

  17. Palomino says:

    A baby Giant Squid is still a Giant Squid. A giant squid is a giant squid. “Giant Squid” is a name/noun, a “giant squid” is an adjective/noun. So yes, they may have found a giant squid, but is it a giant Giant Squid?

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