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SUMMON THE KRAKEN! February 23, 2007

Posted by patrick.klepek in fish, kraken, new zealand, squid.

or, in this case, a giant squid (thanks, digg…again) we are one step closer to discovering a megoladon (try to imagine JAWS, except he’s like a 100x bigger, meaner and lives deep in the ocean — or is, at least, speculated to, given that he was supposed to have gone extinct millions of years ago).

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand fishermen may have caught the largest Colossal squid ever found — weighing around 450kg (992 pounds) and with rings the size of tyres.

The adult Colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) was caught by fishermen long lining for toothfish in deep ocean off Antarctica, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said on Thursday in announcing the catch.

The squid was still alive when caught and was eating a hooked toothfish when hauled aboard, Anderton said in a statement.

“The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in good condition,” Anderton said.



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