Colossal Squid!


Speaking of hugging your squid today, A colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, has been caught — it’s about 10 meters long and weighs about 450 kg. The place to go for all the information is TONMO, of course; I’ll just share some of the pretty pictures with you.


Sad to say, this beautiful beast is currently residing in the freezer hold of a New Zealand fishing boat, but at least it’s on its way to being studied by scientists rather than chopped up as calamari (every single news article seems to be mentioning that the calamari rings would be the size of tractor tires—they don’t bother to mention that tractor tires might taste better.)


  1. #1 Eric Jones
    June 12, 2008

    Here is an update. Some cool pics attached.

  2. #2 chris
    July 31, 2008

    Colossal move:
    The colossal squid specimen will be moved from the formalin fixing tank to its new display tank on wednesday 6th August. We hope to have a webcam up and running from around 9am NZ time (early evening US time)- during the morning we will be examining the specimen with Dr Steve to determine what repairs, if any, need to be made to the rip in the mantle, and manouvering it onto a lifting cradle. The actual lift should take place around 2pm. Once in the new tank over the next few months we will be developing the display and lighting, while the specimen is mounted in the tank before it goes on display at Te Papa in early December.

  3. #3 chris
    July 31, 2008

    early evening tuesday us time that is….

  4. #4 john
    December 15, 2008

    Hmm… Looks scary,although fascinating isn’t it!? Well I have to choose whether fascinating or scary(shocked mode)?! You know what? You can make a novel(fiction novel) out of that!!!

  5. #5 Joshua D.
    December 15, 2008

    I agree to what he said a few minutes ago… By the way, nice idea you got in there John!!!

  6. #6 maddie
    December 24, 2008

    you need to stop looking for these things you are going to cause something bad the giant squid will revile its self when it is ready and squid is gross so stop catching them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. #7 Sven DiMilo
    December 24, 2008

    the giant squid will revile its self when it is ready and squid is gross

    Worth repeating.