Scientists Examine Newly Thawed Colossal Squid

Back in March of 2007, we brought you the story of an enormous (colossal really) squid, captured by New Zealandish fishermen and brought back for examination at the University of New Zealand. The frozen squid posed challenges for the researchers who realized that it would take so long to thaw that the outer parts would be rotting before the core had even melted (also an appropriate description of my brother Benny's heart).

Well the marine biologists made their move today, thawing out the colossal squid in a bath of cool water. Had the water been too hot, they were worried it might crack the frozen squid like an ice cube. Yesterday's reports said the scientists would have only four hours to examine the little tyke before they had to toss him in a formaldehyde bath, thereby ruining any chance of tire sized calamari.

Enjoy the video courtesy of CNN

Thanks to C. Cleveland for making fun of my sleepy bear and sending this along to redeem my credibility.

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That's odd. That clip is missing the creepy music and the sleepy angry awakened vengeful colossal squid scene. What went wrong?

Giant squid (and many other varieties of squid) have so much ammonia in their flesh that they're quite unappetizing. So much for the really big calamari salads and squid tacos....

By Theodosia (not verified) on 01 May 2008 #permalink

esa mierda no sirve a la puta

Squidcam's back!

We're pulling our squid out of formalin and moving it to its new display tank. Watch our scientists live on Wednesday 6 August starting 9am NZ time (USA: Tuesday 2pm to 5pm, UK: Tuesday 10pm), for one day only.
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