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September 5, 2008
Friday Squid Blogging: Colossal Squid was a Lethargic Blob
Fierce deep-sea predator? Not so much:
"We are looking at something verging on the incredibly bizarre. As she got older she got shorter and broader and was reduced to a giant gelatinous blob, carrying many thousands of eggs," he says.
"Her shape was likely to have affected her behaviour and ability to hunt. I can't imagine her jetting herself around in the water at any great speed, and she was too gelatinous to have been a fighting machine.
"It's likely she was just blobbing around the seabed carrying her brood of eggs, living on dead fish, while her mate was off hunting."
Posted on September 5, 2008 at 4:36 PM
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Is their any evidence that ANY squid live in pairs ?
I'm highly dubious about the supposition based on a single occurrence - not really science.
It's noteworthy that many super-deep creatures are gelatinous, so it may just be that females can never come up from the deep...
Frankly, when you're that size, anything coming near you is a meal, so hunting vs ambush is purely based upon the flow of new food passing through - why travel when you can live on what passes by?
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