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2007-02-22 (UPDATED 2007-03-24) Larger Colossal Squid Caught
New Zealand fishermen in the Ross Sea have caught a colossal squid weighing an estimated 495kg. Click link for collected factoids.

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2003-07-01 (UPDATED 2003-07-11) Chilean Blob: Not A Cephalopod
A 12 meter long blob was found on a beach in Chile. It was suspected of being a giant octopus. Turned out to be decayed whale blubber.
2003-04-01 (UPDATED 2003-05-24) Colossal Squid Caught
Fishermen near Antarctica have caught a rare, virtually intact specimen of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (or "colossal squid") -- a very large, very aggressive squid with scores of razor-sharp hooks on its tentacles. Includes article round-up, photos and email from Steve O'Shea.

Recent Headlines

2020-01-08 What Scientists Learned by Putting 3-D Glasses on Cuttlefish (The Atlantic)
Some cuttlefish absolutely refuse to wear 3-D glasses, "but about 20 to 30 percent didn't seem to be bothered. Everyone was very surprised." Original paper: "Cuttlefish use stereopsis to strike at prey", R. C. Feord, et al.
2019-11-25 Fossils Reveal Swimming Patterns Of Long Extinct Cephalopod (phys.org)
Scientists use a computational fluid dynamics model to study the locomotion of ammonoids, a group of cephalopods that swam the oceans for almost 300 million years before going extinct.
2019-10-16 WHALE FALL (Nautilus Live)
The Nautilus team discovered a whale fall (dead whale on ocean floor) while exploring off California's coast. Watch video of deep-sea octopuses feasting on its blubber. Or, see a photo of one of the octopuses examining the Hercules ROV.
2019-10-09 The Deeper This Purple Octopus Lives, The Bumpier Its Skin (NatGeo)
A new study revealed that the wartier the Pacific warty octopuses (Graneledone pacifica) is, the deeper it lives.
2019-09-23 Octopus Dreaming (video) (PBS)
Watch the brilliant color changes of a sleeping octopus. Clip from the PBS documentary "Octopus: Making Contact". Follow-up: "Was Heidi the Octopus Really Dreaming?"
2019-08-06 Octopus Bites Captor (KIRO)
A human participant in a fishing derby in the Tacoma Narrows posed for a photo contest with a captured octopus on her face. The octopus bit her in self-defense. The human eventually went to the emergency room. "And I'm still in pain," she said. "I'm on three different antibiotics. This can come and go, the swelling, for months they say." She says the whole painful experience taught her a valuable lesson about handling live octopuses, which have powerful beaks and poisonous venom. No word on the condition of the octopus.
2019-07-28 How to Make Quicksand Like an Octopus (JSTOR)
The southern sand octopus (Octopus kaurna) lives in sand flats around southern Australia and Tasmania. Unlike most octopuses, the sand octopus cannot change its color. Instead it uses its siphon to blast sand beneath it, suspending the sand in water, making its own quicksand that it can pull itself down into for shelter.
2019-07-26 Sinuous Squid Filmed Alive for First Time (Nautilus Live)
The Asperoteuthis mangoldae squid is a recently discovered deep-sea species that was just seen alive for the first time! Researchers think this unusual squid's tail may help it mimic other animals, like a stinging siphonophore. Also from Nautilus: Rare encounter with piglet squid.
2019-07-15 The Genes That Make Squid Eyes Also Make Your Legs (Science)
Biologists have discovered that the genes that guide the initial formation of legs in us and other vertebrates also guide the formation of the squid's lens. The find is yet another example of how nature recruits genes used for one purpose to do another job for the body.
2019-07-08 Dumbo Octopus Photobombs Seafloor Survey (Video) (Nautilus Live)
"Hello" "WOW" "Hi friend!" The Nautilus mission control erupts in excitement and adoration when a dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.) photobombs their visual survey of rocky ridges with ROV Hercules.
2019-07-03 Piglet Squid Siphon Looks Like a Snout (Video) (Nautilus Live)
The Nautilus team enjoyed a quick close-up with a see-through piglet squid (Helicocranchia sp.), named for its large siphon that looks like a snout.
2019-07-02 For Smart Animals, Octopuses Are Very Weird (The Atlantic)
The combination of short lives, solitude, and smarts is unique to cephalopods. And according to a recent paper, the traits are all linked to a particular development in the octopus's evolutionary history: Its ancestors lost their shells.
2019-06-25 How Octopus Arms Make Decisions (Science Daily)
Researchers have long suspected that octopuses' arms may have minds of their own. A new model is the first attempt at a comprehensive representation of information flow between the octopus's suckers, arms and brain
2019-06-21 Cephalopod Week (Science Friday)
Cephalopod champions, assemble! Cephalopod Week has returned for its sixth year of celebration and merriment of all things armed, tentacled, and suckered.
2019-06-20 Here Be Monsters: We Filmed a Giant Squid in America's Backyard (NOAA)
On Wed. June 19, NOAA's "Journey into Midnight" mission filmed a 10-12 ft. (3-3.7 m) long juvenile giant squid in the bathypelagic zone (below 3800ft./1000m) of the Gulf of Mexico.
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