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That's going to make for one heckuva calamari!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 09, 2014 07:00 PM
It wasn't much more than a year ago when we saw the first footage of a live giant squid, which were previously known only by the carcasses that had washed ashore. On January 8, 2014, a Japanese fisherman netted a live giant squid with his own video to prove it!

This giant squid was captured off Sado Island in the Niigata prefecture of Japan.  It measured four meters (~13 feet), making it a relatively small giant squid but still a massive cephlapod.  The specimen died shortly after being brought on board the fishing vessel.

We're kidding about the calamari bit.  According to the Japanese report, no one is going to enjoy eating this squid because of its strong ammonia odor.  On January 9, 2014, the specimen was sent off to the prefecture Fisheries Oceanography Institute for further study.

Here is a link to the original Japanese post complete with video (we are unfortunately unable to embed the video here).

Our thanks to Richard Ross for this awesome link.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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