Thursday, September 29, 2005

Giant squid

An ex-student excitedly IMed me yesterday morning to tell me about the recently reported giant squid sighting; it's been all over the news, but PZ Myers has a link to the original research article, complete with pictures.

The find is very cool (the tentacle that broke off was 5.5 meters long!), but I'm a bit depressed because now I can't use my favorite line while discussing giant squid in lab:
"Nobody's ever seen a giant squid alive. Or, more properly, nobody's ever seen a giant squid alive ... and lived to tell the tale."
It was always good for a few groans.

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