Friday Squid Blogging: Ben Deacon, Squid Researcher

Third item on the page:

According to juicy folklore and loose legend, for centuries, the inky waters of our deepest oceans have been home to that most mysterious of marine creatures—the giant squid. Well, as we speak, visitors to Melbourne’s aquarium can take a gander at the real thing, a 7m-long squid, caught in New Zealand and frozen in a block of ice.

For 30 years, almost obsessively, one real scientific character from across the Tasman has been chasing these elusive creatures and Ben Deacon caught up with him, hard at what’s clearly become his life’s work.

Posted on March 31, 2006 at 3:05 PM7 Comments


another_bruce March 31, 2006 9:36 PM

in the billingsgate fish market, do they ever cry a kilo of squid for a quid?

Ragamuffin March 31, 2006 10:36 PM

A pound of squid for a quid, surely? Billingsgate hasn’t been Eurofied yet I hope.

Steve April 3, 2006 4:50 AM

But until (I think) 2010, prices can be advertised both per lb and per kg, even though the sale has to be weighed and calculated in metric. So until 2010, they can probably shout as another_bruce suggests.

Steve April 3, 2006 4:52 AM

No, I mean as ragamuffin suggests. After 2010 it has to be another_bruce’s version.

Of course there’s also the question of how long the quid will last, but it will certainly still exist in 2010.

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