Pierre Aronnax June 22, 2007 5:30 PM

Thanks for that historical link.
It’s always interesting to peer into the world of collectors and the “Squid Points” note is a nice touch.

The letter to Pacific Bio-Marine Supply Company, reminded me of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and all the rigamarol that character went through to get specimens.

Rob Mayfield June 23, 2007 1:42 AM

The letters link off the link above is quite interesting:

“We have to get them alive and take the nerve fibers out while the squid is still alive”

“If you should meet up with a giant squid, however, I strongly advise that you stay in a large boat”

I imagine if the squid are aware of the first point, then the advice of the second would be quite appropriate 😉

Some interesting photos and videos about this type of dissection are here:
and here:

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