Friday Squid Blogging: Jumbo Squid Photo

Pretty. It was the National Geographic Photo of the Day on June 16th.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 4:44 PM • 4 Comments

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Dom De Vitto August 3, 2008 5:43 PM

Inquisitive, thoughtful and _hungry_.

You don't want to mess with the diablos rojos.

The Mexicans call them that because they eat fishermen. Seriously.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosidicus_gigas

They are more commonly called the "Humboldt Squid", and you don't grow 1,000 times your size in two years without being aggressive, hungry and *smart*.

Read http://www.deeperblue.net/article.php/696 for some scary crap, including:

"This fisherman was pulling up a large calamar, but there was a large demon feeding on it. You see, they are fierce and they even eat each other when caught. When the fisherman reached into the water to pull it in, the Diablo Rojo grabbed him and pulled him into the water. Somehow the man grabbed onto his boat. He tried to get back in, but the Red Demon attacked him and began eating him alive. The man held on for a long time during the struggle before he was finally ripped off and dragged into the deep. He was devoured alive by the Red Demon. He was my father's life long friend.”

"Pretty", yes, but never to be underestimated.

Old BogusAugust 3, 2008 8:37 PM

But it is interesting looking, like an AI sex toy (with more appropriate dimensions). There's a market here but it'll need to tone down the people eating part. At least literally. ;)

FrancesAugust 4, 2008 9:29 PM

If you go to the site, there are more squid photos as well as other denizens of the sea, all of them transparent and quite beautiful.

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