Thursday, February 22, 2007

Calamari Anyone?


New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record-breaking colossal squid.

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb),took two hours to land in Antarctic waters.

Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact.

One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres.

"I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing," Steve O'Shea from Auckland's University of Technology told local media.

Mr Anderton said the fishermen had been fishing for Patagonian toothfish in deep Antarctic waters when the squid - which was eating a toothfish - was caught.

SIZE COMPARISON
Infographic, BBC

"The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in good condition," he said.

The squid was frozen in the ship's hull and brought back to New Zealand for scientific examination.

"The colossal squid has just arrived in New Zealand and it is likely that it is the first intact adult male colossal squid to ever be successfully landed," Mr Anderton said.

Colossal squid, which are found deep in Antarctic waters, are thought to be about the same length as giant squid (Architeutis dux) but are much heavier.

The species was first identified in 1925, but very few specimens have been found.

The first specimen recovered intact, a 150kg (330lb) immature female, was caught on the surface in the Ross Sea near the Antarctic coast in April 2004.

'Nearly dead'

Mr Anderton said the fishermen had been fishing for Patagonian toothfish in deep Antarctic waters when the squid - which was eating a toothfish - was caught.

7 Comments:

At 8:33 PM, Blogger nanc said...

octopus is much better than calamari if prepared the right way, but that is one tasty lookin' squid!

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Damn! Too big for my soup bowl. I hope when they finally dissect her they find Capt. Nemo & the Nautilus inside.

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...or maybe just a bunch of baby Nautili?

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I've never had octopus, but I like calamari.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Where it is Captain Nemo?

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Where it is Captain Nemo?

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger nanc said...

octopus and halibut! a meal fit for royalty. yes, i've had both in one meal.

 

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