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.”