Friday Squid Blogging: 1965 Squid from the MIT Archives

It's a 21-foot-long giant squid.

Posted on June 22, 2007 at 3:32 PM • 3 Comments

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Pierre AronnaxJune 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 MayfieldJune 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: http://www.iac-usnc.org/Methods/squid/index.html
and here:
http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330/squid.html

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