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Legend Surrounds The Giant Squid – One Of The Most Extraordinary Animals Living On Our Planet

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Giant squid was long considered to be true sea monster. Many people even today, still believe in myths and legends about  them.

Recently, researchers have been able to contribute with more significant data regarding these apparently mysterious animals living on our planet.

But what did people know about these extremely rarely seen creatures in the distant past?

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In this photo released by Tsunemi Kubodera, a researcher with Japan’s National Science Museum, a giant squid attacking a bait squid is pulled up by his research team off the Ogasawara Islands, south of Tokyo, on December 4, 2006. Photo credits: Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum of Japan/AP

The squid was well known in the region of Mediterranean in ancient times and described by Pliny (25 AD – 79 AD), a Roman author,  naturalist, and natural philosopher and Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath.   Aristotle said that there was a common squid tethis, which was only about a foot (30 cm) long and another  much larger, rarer variety – teuthos, which grew up to eight or nine feet (2.5m).

Of their appearance, Aristotle said, these giants were rumoured to be “like shields” red in color and with many fins..”

For a period of one thousand years, scientists hadn’t more knowledge about giant squid and their consensus  in Europe agreed basically with Aristotle.

In 1857, the famous Danish zoologist Japetus Steenstrup (1813 – 1897) realized this beast was the same animal  that in the past gave rise to centuries of sailors tails, and even in more recent became immortalized by  writers such as Jules Verne and Herman Melville, by demonstrating that the monster was based in reality, and  gave it the latin name Architeuthis dux.


About one year ago, that the giant squid, Architeuthis dux, was first filmed alive in its natural  element. Taken at a depth of 630m and after 100 missions and 400 hours of filming, the footage was captured by a small submarine lying off Chichijima Island, Japan.

However, all we know about this enigmatic animal is that it has 10 arms, and can grow to more than 40- feet long.  Fully grown, it can weigh 2,000 pounds. They eat everything from fish, dolphins, porpoises to other giant squid and even whales.

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Neil Landman says the giant squid usually live to about 300 m depth  (depth reached by conventional submarines our best), but these animals could live without any problem in most abyssal depths.

They are an active and surprisingly strong predator. Anything live that comes their way, in fact – including us, humans. Apart from whales, giant squid have no real predators,  but while growing, they are vulnerable to any marine carnovore larger than themselves.

Now, PhD student Inger Winkelmann and her supervisor Professor Tom Gilbert, from the Basic Research Centre  in GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen University, have managed to place new  bricks into the puzzle of this giant 10 armed invertebrate, that is credibly believed to grow up to 13 meters  long and way over 900 kg.

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Giant squid – close-up

They concluded that giant squid – no matter what a sample looks like, its one species all over the  deep oceans of the planet.

This lack of genetic diversity is puzzling. While giant squid are elusive, the researchers wrote,  their populations are believed to be relatively large and geographically spread out—qualities usually  associated with high diversity.

According to researchers, “it is difficult to reconcile this low genetic diversity with the reasonable  assumption that Architeuthis are globally distributed with relatively large population size.”

Remarkably little is known about the giant squid and so much knowledge about the species is still missing. The team collected 43 squid from diverse locations, including New Zealand, South Africa, and the Falkland Islands.  They were found floating dead in the water, washed up on beaches, or as accidental by-catch from deep-sea fishermen.

The results of the study are published on the 200th anniversary of the Danish naturalist and polymath, Japetus  Steenstrup (born in 1813).

Paper will be published in the British journal the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.



AC / DC singer talks about looking for the Loch Ness monster

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Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock group AC / DC in the conversation with the journalist of NME said that once, when he was in Scotland, was looking for the Loch Ness monster with guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017.

According to the musician, they and their wives stayed at a hotel right on the shores of Loch Ness. They rested and drank until Young suddenly announce:

“Let’s go look for the Loch Ness monster. I have a box of fireworks with me, they can attract him.”

Despite the fact that it was night outside, Johnson and Young still went in search of the mythical creature.

“We went into the water with our boots on. We were cold. I remember how Mal was holding a drink in one hand and a box of fireworks in the other, trying to set the lake on fire. When we returned to the wives, they were all covered in mud, and their hair was similar to straw. What a night! “- Johnson recalled.

In an interview, AC / DC’s vocalist also spoke about the band’s new album, “Power up”, which is scheduled for release on November 13th. Brian Johnson hopes the record will inspire a new generation of performers.

“Hopefully this album will get kids and teens to go out and buy a guitar instead of looking at dancers on TikTok. It would be great if more young rock bands write their songs and take the stage more often,” he said.

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Loch Ness monster spotted in a Chinese lake?

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The ranger of the national park on the Changbai Plateau in China has published photographs in which, he says, you can see a strange creature living in the local lake Tian Chi. Talks about it are going on since 1962.

A man named Xiao Yu noticed an unusual dark object on the surface of the reservoir during his daily walk. He began filming the “monster” until it disappeared under water a few minutes later.

Lake Tian Chi is 4.9 square kilometers on the border of China and North Korea. Sometimes the North Korean military go fishing here on boats, but on the Chinese side, fishing in the lake and unauthorized visits to the park are strictly prohibited. Xiao Yu noted that he had seen boats on the lake more than once and would never have mistook them for a “monster.”

The caretaker’s message caused a stir in the Chinese media and social networks. The fact is that reports of a strange creature in Tian Chi have appeared regularly since 1962. He was nicknamed “the Chinese Loch Ness monster” and made the subject of conspiracy theories.

Biologists declined to comment on what exactly the park employee could see in the photo, because it is difficult to see something  in the picture in detail. They recalled that there are many plausible explanations for the Scottish Loch Ness monster. It can turn out to be both a large eel and periodically floating logs of Scottish pine.

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Bigfoots attacked tourists in the Ozark National Park, Arkansas

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Fort Smith native Ellen (not her real name) tells us a thrilling and frightening encounter with Bigfoot in the Ozark National Park – outside Campbell Cemetery on Tuesday night. According to Ellen, she and her husband Robert decided to find a secluded place to live a couple of days far from civilization and even so that numerous tourists were many miles away.

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Therefore, they chose the area of ​​the old abandoned Campbell cemetery, where no one had wandered in for about a hundred years. And now, according to Ellen, she and her husband heard something like an animal growl, permeating the air and coming from somewhere in the thicket. After a few minutes, the growl intensified and seemed to be closer.

“It sounded like some hefty creature had found its lunch,” says Ellen.

However, what slightly frightened Ellen was that their dogs, which always bark at the approach of predators, suddenly shrunk, huddled near the tent and began to whine. Then Ellen and Robert, in order to somehow cheer up the dogs, got out of the tent and also began to growl. But the joke failed.

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In response to their voices, the growl from the thicket became really aggressive and began to spread around, from which Ellen and Robert realized that there were at least two creatures. Ellen did not even think about some “Bigfoot” and assumed either large wolves, or even bears, when suddenly hefty sticks and stones flew into the tent.

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This infuriated Robert and assuming that some hooligans were hiding in the bushes, Robert gave the command to the dogs to teach the offenders a lesson.

“It was the biggest mistake of our life,” says Ellen and begins to cry.

According to her, when the dogs disappeared into the thickets from there, at first the sounds of a struggle were heard, then one of the dogs uttered such a monstrous cry that Ellen had never heard anything like it in her life. After that, everyone began to howl, whine and scream, and pieces of dogs flew towards the tent.

At first, Ellen and Robert thought that these were big stones again, but when they saw that a dog torn in half had been thrown at them, they came into indescribable horror and, leaving everything, rushed to run. Ellen and Robert went to the police first.

The police found a tent and equipment, but there were no pieces of dogs there, so the couple announced that they were crazy. However, friends told Ellen that something similar happened in the national park last month and we just reported about it.

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