This can be new to many of you, but for me it's kind a normal. In fact that squid is quite small.
I lived in Azores when i was young for 4 years, and in that place it is normal to listen fisherman storys about colossal squids 2, 3 times bigger then
In S.Michel Island, if you go to the top of a place called "Lagoa do fogo" (Fire lake), it is a huge vulcano full of water, if you stay there many
days and many hours, it will be almoust granted that you will see a fight on open sea between one of that mosnters and a spermwale. I had seen that 2
The fishermans boats hull are covered by a thick rubber protection, because the squids , who have a horrid vision, thinks the boats are wailes and
atack them. Beeing so big they have huge hard thorns in they'rs tentaculae, and that thorns get sticked in the rubber protection and do not damage
the metal or wood hull of the ships. The fisher mans always have that thorns to sell to turists as momentos...lol
In the same island, in the city of Ponta Delgada, there are a extraordinary natural history museum, with some nice dead exemplars of that huge
Due to the fights between them and the spermwales (cachalotes) it is normal times to times some tentaculae came a shore. The biggest one ever found
there was 143 meters long!!
Even for portuguese people this is not too knowed. But go to Azores and walk around the native fishing zones, and the museum, and you will see how
much natural this is for that people there!
Azores is a well known zone due to they'r big sea creatures and because it looks that the islands are the top mountains of Atlantis. Between the
islands in the bottom of the ocean floor there are many arqueological places with some ruins and huge stone walls.
A place to visit for sure, if you can afford for it.
[edit on 5-11-2007 by Umbra Sideralis]