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Loz got caught down the GOR?

Discussion in 'Jokes and Humour' started by N*A*M, May 26, 2008.

  1. http://au.news.yahoo.com/080526/2/170hb.html

    Monday May 26, 06:27 PM
    Massive squid hauled off Victorian coast
    By AAP

    Fishing trawler skipper Rangi Pene knew he'd netted the catch of the day when he winched his net up from the ocean floor.

    About halfway down the net was a large mass which, as the net drew closer, Mr Pene knew was not your everyday fish.

    It was in fact the catch of a lifetime - a six-metre long, 230kg squid, which is now in a freezer in Portland, waiting for collection by Museum Victoria.

    "As soon as we seen it, we (thought) we'll have to save this," the excited skipper said.

    The trawler, Zeehaan, was fishing about 40km off the coast of Portland in Victoria's west, when it netted the squid on Sunday night in waters more than 500 metres deep.

    "What we do is we shoot the net away and we tow the net for five hours," Mr Pene, 55, said.

    "When we winched it up about six o'clock, we seen a big ball in the net, halfway down.

    "We were wondering, what's this?

    "We got it closer to the boat and it was that squid.

    "You couldn't put it anywhere down in the ice room with the rest of the fish because it was just too big.

    "We left it on the deck and we put bags of ice on it and covered it with sacks to keep it in good condition."

    Paul McCoy, a Fisheries Research Biologist with Victoria's Department of Primary Industries, said it took 10 men to lift the squid onto a stretcher and place it in the freezer.

    The squid will be frozen until a representative from Museum Victoria collects the specimen this week.

    Mr McCoy said analysis by the museum would determine the type of squid, its age and, possibly, how it died.

    He said the squid was already dead when it was caught.

    It's the third giant squid Mr McCoy has seen in 15 years.

    The find comes more than a year after New Zealand trawler skipper John Bennett caught what is believed to be the world's largest squid during an Antarctic fishing trip.

    Scientists in New Zealand last month defrosted the 495kg colossal squid and determined it was 4.2 metres long, much shorter than earlier predictions of eight to 10 metres.

    Colossal squid grow to be shorter, but much heavier, than giant squid, which are a different species.

  2. Damn squids. :roll:

  3. mmmmm calamari :LOL:.
  4. Now listen here you, that's not my good side.
  5. There we have it, humans phucking over another animal, and a rare one at that.

    "Ere, that's a real corker. I want it, so lets kill it and pull it onboard. Then we'll figure out wtf to do with it"...

    Bloody typical. No, don't return it. Just kill it. Losers.
  6. They do sound like degenerates.. but the less intelligent they are, the less they are paid, resulting in cheaper fish for me.. wait I don't like fish, nevermind.
  7. And you obviously don't have a fcuking clue. Giant and Colossal Squid are deep sea creatures, rarely seen alive. In fact, the first photo's of a live giant squid in it's natural habitat were only taken in 2004, and filmed in 2006 (at a depth of almost 1000m)

    For the most part, the specimens of these species found and collected have been washed up on the beach, or found in the stomachs of sperm whales.

    Cases of people catching these squids are rare, and it's more likely to find one already dead, then alive.

    All that said, if it was alive when it was originally netted, it certainly was dead when it was brought aboard, and the even the dead specimen is valuable. They've evolved in deep water, so that's where they like to stay. They're not likely to survive in shallow water for any length of time.

    A specimen like this is a boon to the scientific community as it allows us to study these animals closely, figuring out things like what they eat, how the reproduce, and their typical habitat. We know more about the moon, then we do about the deep ocean.
  8. Thats the other side of the coin, and it's even rearer than the squid.
  9. Huh??? What, the Moon is rare? I guess it is. There is only one. Near Earth anyway. [Nice response ginji.]

    Calamari . . . hmmm . . . Steaks and all, not those pissy little rings. :grin:
  10. Don't get your knickers in a twist. Try reading.

  11. Wouldn't try eating one of these bad boys. They're full of ammonia - not the most tasty snack for us humans (which probably explains why the Japs haven't fished them out of existence yet).
    The news report I heard stated it was alive when netted, but I tend to agree that if it was near the surface it was probably on it's last legs already.