Friday Squid Blogging: 20-Foot Squid Caught in the Gulf of Mexico
First one sighted in the Gulf since 1954:
The new specimen, weighing 103 pounds, was found during a preliminary survey of the Gulf during which scientists hope to identify the types of fish and squid that sperm whales feed on.
The squid, like other deep catches, was dead when brought to the surface because the animals can’t survive the rapid changes in water depth as they are hauled in. Scientists at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington are studying the specimen further to determine its exact species.
Giant squid can grow up to 40 feet in length, and because scientists know so little about them, they’re not sure if the Gulf specimen is a full-grown adult, Epperson said.