Colossal Sounds and Colossal Squid

February 22, 2007

 A great segue from the last post about Boris, one of the largest sounding bands…

squid.jpgA Colossal Squid was caught by New Zealanders today.  The squid, weighing an estimated 990 lbs and about 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters.

Dr. Steve O’Shea, a squid expert at the Auckland University of Technology, said of these aggressive deep-sea hunters, that if calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires. 

The runner up for squid size and weight is the Giant Squid which “have been seen in battle with adult whales. In 1965, a Soviet whaler watched a battle between a squid and a 40 ton sperm whale. In this case neither were victorious. The strangled whale was found floating in the sea with the squid’s tentacles wrapped around the whale’s throat. The squid’s severed head was found in the whale’s stomach.” 

That’s probably the most metal thing I have ever heard.

Some recent studies have attributed global warming to larger squid size as well as to squid death.  Abnormally warm water causes a giant squid to rise to the surface and not be able to get back down, which is why they are probably more likely to be found in cooler water.

Japetus Steenstrup, a Danish zoologist and professor, suggested that 16th century illustrations of sea monks could be interpreted as giant squid. Hence this bizarre image.



  1. I love weird ass Cryptozoology woodcut drawings.

    Cool articles about the relation between giant squids and global warming. In case you didn’t recall, I work for Gov. Deep Sea Research and Consevation Scientists. So I love this kinda stuff.

    Oh, and until now I didn’t even realize that giant squid and colossal squid were two different and unrelated creatures.

    One last thing, I found something quite possibly even more “metal” than ‘Giant Squid vs Sperm Whale’ but I can’t post pictures here… so I’m posting it to your MySpace comments.


  2. Hi,
    If you are interested in this colossal squid, Te Papa currently hosts it. It will be dissected together with 4 giant and 2 colossal squid starting Sunday 27 April. More info can be found on our website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/squid/ and of course, on our blog 🙂

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