Friday Squid Blogging: 1873 Giant Squid Stored in Bathtub


Newfoundland naturalist Moses Harvey collected the first complete specimen of a giant squid in December 1873.

He kept it in his bathtub.

Posted on June 1, 2007 at 3:19 PM • 11 Comments


HermanJune 1, 2007 5:01 PM

> He kept it in his bathtub.

For how long? Weeks? It was dead, right? It sure looks dead in that picture.

alastairJune 1, 2007 5:31 PM

Ok, I've been reading this blog for a little while now and I have to ask. What is it with the Friday squid blogging?

Bubble BoyJune 1, 2007 5:35 PM

Alastair, you obviously mean: what is it with all the crypto stuff in between the squid news? We come here for the squids!

DV Henkel-WallaceJune 1, 2007 7:18 PM

I don't get it, alastair. I use SQuIDs for all my TEMPEST snooping work. Nothing else is sensitive enough!

whistlerJune 2, 2007 3:05 AM

My uneducated guess is the man was a bachelor.

Squid make ink. Ink used in old time cryptography.;)

AlbatrossJune 2, 2007 1:26 PM

Did anyone else read the header and think "If they were giant squid, how did he keep 1873 of them in a bathtub?"


Great, I'm the dumb one then...

kellyJune 3, 2007 1:24 PM

preserved giant squid can be seen at the Marine Institute in St. John's, no idea if it's the original

AndyJune 4, 2007 8:13 AM

There was a joke in Viz a few years back about "saving whales" with the punchline "I've been saving this one for sometime now and it's gone a bit smelly".

Fnord PrefectJune 6, 2007 8:20 PM


No, I had the same the same thought, too. I suppose if you used a swimming pool as your "bathtub"...

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