Wednesday, September 28, 2005

a great day for science

For decades, scientists and sea explorers have mounted costly expeditions to hunt down and photograph the giant squid, a legendary monster with eyes the size of dinner plates and a nightmarish tangle of tentacles lined with long rows of sucker pads.


But in an article to be published Wednesday in a leading British biological journal, two Japanese scientists, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori, report that they have made the world's first observations of a giant squid in the wild.

Working some 600 miles south of Tokyo off the Bonin Islands, known in Japan as the Ogasawara Islands, they managed to photograph the creature with a robotic camera at a depth of 3,000 feet. During a struggle lasting more than four hours, the 26-foot-long animal took the proffered bait and eventually broke free, leaving behind an 18-foot length of tentacle.

Read the whole thing here. I am very excited about this. We can lay aside our theological differences, and all rally 'round this momentous day in the history of science!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for including the great photo with the article. I was worried we may not get to see an actual picture! Zounds! This is amazingly important news! MMBX

Adam said...

That is way cool! I have seen images of the chunks and sections of the ones they found dead, but live! Whoa!