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November 23, 2007
Friday Squid Blogging: Four-Meter-Long Squid Caught in Brazil
It's in Portuguese, but the photo is good.
EDITED TO ADD (11/23): Title corrected.
Posted on November 23, 2007 at 4:32 PM
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One correction: the squid was caught in Brazil, not Portugal. They use the same language, so it's easy to get them mixed up. Also, note that the linked page is about the local news of Rio de Janeiro (which should be easy to deduce even if you don't speak the language). Another dead give away is the globo.com domain. Globo is Brazilian, and happens to be the fourth largest media conglomerate in the whole world.
One correction: the squid was caught in Brazil, not Portugal. They use the same language, so it's easy to get them mixed up.
Yeah! Like it's easy to mix up Australia with the US or the UK! Same language innit?!?! :)
Steve BarbedWireKiss: it's easy to get them mixed up when all you're faced with is a text in Portuguese. Or do you think your average English speaker can tell the difference between European and Brazilian Portuguese?
But if you're talking about mixing up Portugal and Brazil in general, well, then that's a different story of course (insert here stereotype about geography-challenged Americans).
Fishermen find squid of 130 kg
Molluscum, four meters, was found attached to the hook, in Macaé.
A giant squid, of 130 kg and 4 meters, was caught by fishermen in Macaé, in the Northern Region Fluminense. The men fished tuna found when the mollusc arrested in the hook. In the evening on Thursday (25), the owner of a refrigerator paid $ 6 in kilo of squid and wants to resell it for $ 9 or $ 10. (Photo: Hipólito Pereira / O Globo Agency)
I found this a slightly depressing picture. Alive, this squid would have been a fascinating and impressive sight. In death, its limp tentacles and collapsed body evoke a feeling of sadness.
I did not previously realize that Brazil's President was named "Squid".
Here is a translation by someone who speaks Portuguese :-P
"Fisherman find 130Kg Squid
The 4 meter Molusc[?] was found stuck to the fishing hook, in Macaé. After paying R6$* per Kilogram, the owner will resell for R$9 or R$10
A giant squid, weighting 130Kg and measuring 4 meters, was captured by fishermen in Macaé, on the northern Fluminense Region. The men were fishing for tuna when they found the molusc stuck to the fishing hook. On thrusday night (the 25th), the owner of a store payed R$6 / Kilogram for the squid and intends to resell for R$9 or R$10."
And yes, Brazil's president's name is "Lula da Silva", "Lula" being the Portuguese word for "squid" :-)
* R$1 = 0.567279 U.S. dollars (source: Google)
Just looked at the picture and from the condition of the tentacles it appears this creature thrashed itself to shreds trying to escape the hook. I suppose it could also have been nibbled on by fish before been retrieved if it wasn't brought up immediately. In any case it's in pretty poor shape.
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