Friday Squid Blogging: Whale Eating Giant Squid

Caught on film, first time ever:

“We looked hard and saw a tentacle of a squid hanging from its mouth and there were other pieces of squid stuck to the whale’s body. It made a number of brusque movements on its side in the water to free the tentacle to eat it – and there we were filming and photographing it all.”

He reckoned the squid could have been some five metres long, a comparatively modest size for the species. Examples have been found which reach 20 metres in length and weigh in at a thousand kilos!

Posted on September 21, 2007 at 4:05 PM9 Comments


jkohen September 21, 2007 4:50 PM

It would be interesting to give these whales some sort of high-sensitivity cameras or other image recording device that would work in the dark, deep waters so they can bring us live footage of their hunting immersions.

Terry Cloth September 21, 2007 5:26 PM

Pooh. It’s only a pilot whale—I was expecting a sperm whale.*

Nonetheless, this is Really Cool ™. A strong, if circumstantial, hypothesis gets about the best evidence possible.

  • I have to admit my ignorance came into play here. I’d always thought of pilot whales as a sort of overgrown dolphin, hanging out near the surface. I had no idea that they can get down to 1.2 km, and can stay down for over 20 minutes. (The article says they can “only” stay down 22 mins. Such a letdown.)

Terry Cloth September 21, 2007 5:31 PM

Oops—insufficient fact checking. The article says “… staying down for no more than 22 minutes at a time.” Sounds dismissive to me, but `only’ isn’t in there.

betabug September 22, 2007 3:37 AM

“I’m in ur sea, eatin ur whalez!”

Well, I misunderstood the headline at first too, the lego grammar of English sometimes gets in the way. Probably should be:

“I’m in ur sea, eatin ur squidz!”

Because obviously it’s not the giant squid who is a whale eater.

Olaf September 24, 2007 4:01 AM

Cool, I’ve been on holiday down there a few times and seen the pilot whales in action. Never seen a squid though except on my plate.

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