At 9:15am local time on September 30 2004, squids as we know them changed forever.

At that moment, 900 metres down in the Stygian gloom, an eight-metre specimen lunged at the lower bait bag, succeeding only in getting itself impaled on the hook.

For the next four hours, the squid tried to get itself off the hook as the camera snapped away every 30 seconds, gaining not only unprecedented pictures but also precious information about how the squid is able to propel itself.

After a monstrous battle, the squid eventually freed itself but left behind a giant tentacle on the hook.

When the severed limb was brought up to the surface, its huge suckers were still able to grip the boat deck and any fingers that touched them.

taken from here

Completely stunning, I’ve always seen doco’s about whales and how they have injuries with suppoed giant squids, but they could never be accurately measured because the ones that washed up on shore were often supposed adosolent versions of their parents.

But what could be even more impressive is the photo’s from here (

As completely excited I am about this, I’m also afraid that they will now be hunted considering that they might have found a way to attract them and the scientists have found a migration path that they follow.

I just hope that they don’t fall under the being-collected(hunted)-for-scientific-purposes category.

Well time will only tell.