Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Found off Santa Cruz Coast

It's twenty-five feet long, with tentacles the size of human legs.

Posted on July 4, 2008 at 4:20 PM • 13 Comments


RonnieJuly 4, 2008 5:38 PM

tenticles = tentacles/testicles?

Is the frequency of seeing/finding giant squid increasing? It seems to be every 2nd or 3rd month there is an event whereas a few years ago there were virtually none. Cyclical appearances??

RonKJuly 4, 2008 6:28 PM

@ Ronnie

> Is the frequency of seeing/finding giant squid increasing?

Yup, has to do with global warming. You see, a while back someone asked Bruce to comment on the security implications of global warming, and he didn't know what to say. A totally untenable situation for someone like Bruce. So he started this Friday squid thing, knowing that it would at least give him an oportunity to try to tie in global warming somewhere....

iglooJuly 5, 2008 6:55 AM

@ Ronnie
> Is the frequency of seeing/finding giant squid increasing?
Or is it just that Bruce's world wide data collection group have been collecting all the previously ignored reports of squid sightings and forwarding them on to squid central for reporting on this forum?
As we know, heightened awareness of security tends to produce increased reporting of breaches without necessarily there being an increased incidence...

Ian ToltzJuly 5, 2008 2:25 PM

tenticles the size of human legs.

I know what you meant, but now I have this amusing visual in my head of a 25-foot long giant squid, with a 22-foot long head and 3-foot long tentacled :D

maraskJuly 5, 2008 4:21 PM

What's all the shit about with all these squids all the time. Maybe there was something, or is? or whatever. Squid sound like spam to me. Is this all about spamming the internet?
Why can't you just stop squiding?

OperatorJuly 6, 2008 1:36 AM

Squid mentions increase blog interest and audience capture with cognitive dissonance - Schneier effectively demonstrates reader exploit.

Ed T.July 7, 2008 1:30 PM

When I first read this, I thought: Holy CR*P, it had TESTICLES the size of HUMAN BEINGS?


maraskSeptember 13, 2008 12:08 PM

Okay, capturing the audience, and it effictively works. But what kind of audience do you capture here? Common people who actually should be interested in Security matters? Not really, ehh?

Imagine greenpeace posting about weapons, and there technical details. Also no relation -> leads to confussion -> they would get more attention. But at what cost.

Sounds to me like the Benetton campaign of Oliviero Toscani, which I disliked a lot. Point is I dislike mostly everything, that tries to manipulate. Give you some kind of information at cover to get your attention for something completly else.
Manipulative advertisement. And come on, that sucks. Truth first! Internet is already full of shit.

Sean Van SommeranMay 18, 2018 5:35 AM

The specimen was indeed an Architeuthis, and it was not just tentacles either.
I have no idea what this writer was going on about, however he is in error.

Santa Cruz researchers did recover remains of a nearly intact subadult femalegiant squid in Monterey bay. Research expedition leader Sean R. Van Sommeran of the Santa Cruz California based Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.

The manuscript should be published this year to Mark the 10 year anniversary of the successful specimen collection of Architeuthis in Monterey Bay California.

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