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First-ever observations of a live giant squid in the wild.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16321779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The giant squid, Architeuthis, is renowned as the largest invertebrate in the world and has featured as an ominous sea monster in novels and movies. Considerable efforts to view this elusive creature in its deep-sea habitat have been singularly unsuccessful. Our digital camera and depth recorder system recently photographed an Architeuthis attacking bait at 900 m off Ogasawara Islands in the North Pacific. Here, we show the first wild images of a giant squid in its natural environment. Recovery of a severed tentacle confirmed both identification and scale of the squid (greater than 8 m). Architeuthis appears to be a much more active predator than previously suspected, using its elongate feeding tentacles to strike and tangle prey.
Tsunemi Kubodera; Kyoichi Mori
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  272     ISSN:  1471-2954     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-02     Completed Date:  2009-12-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2583-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Science Museum Department of Zoology 3-23-1 Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Body Size
Decapodiformes / anatomy & histology*,  pathogenicity,  physiology*
Feeding Behavior
Pacific Islands
Pacific Ocean
Predatory Behavior
Video Recording

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