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New Research on Giant Squid

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posted on Feb, 14 2007 @ 01:49 AM

Excellent article from the BBC revealing new Squid research! Apparently they are capable of blinding flashes of light, which they use for hunting, measuring distance, and courtship. Truly remarkable.

However, the intense pulses of light that accompanied the ferocious attacks surprised the research team.

The footage reveals the creatures emitting short flashes from light-producing organs, called photophores, on their arms.

The light would disorientate the squid's intended prey, disrupting their defences, they added.

Also, they are capable of moving at 8ft per second in pursuit of their prey!

The films, taken at depths of 240m to 940m (790 to 3,080ft), also show the cephalopods reaching speeds of up to 2.5m (8ft) per second as they attack the bait, capturing it with their eight tentacles.

Beautiful and intriguing pictures in the article aswell.

We have misunderestimated this one for sure.

posted on Feb, 14 2007 @ 04:01 AM
Just discovered the article myself, and came here to post about it!

But yeah, those things are scary. If I saw that thing in real life like in the video, I would die of fright.

Also, the size comparison chart doesn't really make me all that happy, either.

posted on Feb, 14 2007 @ 06:48 AM
That Japanese researcher has been doing outstanding research the last few years on the giant squid. He was the first one to actually capture a live giant squid on film.

posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 03:14 PM
Awseome i doing a project for school on the Giant squid!!!!!

posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 08:08 PM
If we can help you with it, let us know.

posted on Feb, 15 2007 @ 08:23 PM
wow that movie was crazy. If he caught you, you will die by his legs!

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