Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ever wondered what it would be like to be eaten by a giant squid?

Well, wonder no more. Research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.0236) and reported in both New Scientist Online and Nature is this fantastic vid of a giant squid (Taningia danae) attacking a camera.
Scientist previously thought they were slow drifters because their mussels contained bubbles of ammonia, thought to help with buoyancy and were all flabby and, well, fat.
They look terrfying.

2 comments:

mark said...

Wow. That's amazing. If it weren't for the fact that it was recorded after the series was made, you'd think J. Michael Straczynski had based the Shadow ships on this.

Mark Lawrence said...

I once pulled out up to 10 little fish in various degrees of states of digestion – from mangled to whole – out of three largish squid I'd bought at the market. I was fascinated, and horrified.

I can almost imagine what the giant squid can do.