Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Science Paparazzi Snap Exclusive Pics of Giant Squid

A live giant squid has been captured on film for the first time. The camera was over 3,000 feet below the surface of the sea, and the story of how they reached that point is pretty amazing. Here's the link.

Oh, and here's an excerpt from the article about a previous attempt that failed:
In 2003, New Zealand marine biologists laid a sex trap.

They ground up some squid gonads, believing that the scent would drive male giant squids wild as the creatures migrated through New Zealand waters.

The hope was that a camera would squirt out the pureed genitals and a passing squid, driven into a sexual frenzy, would then mate with the lens -- a project that, some may be relieved to hear, never came to fruition.

Damn. What a waste. You probably could have sold those giant squid gonads for twenty thousand dollars a pound in Japan.

I don't know about you, but seeing the words "squirt", "pureed genitals", "sexual frenzy", and "mate" in the same paragraph makes me uneasy. It's like the giant squid version of "Showgirls."

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