Rabu, 13 Juli 2011

Squid "exceptional" Dying Giant Found Off Florida

Float about 12 miles (19 km) from Port Salerno (map), in Florida, stirring occasionally, intact giant squid on a small fishing village party shaken at 11 am Sunday and could give researchers new insights into the species, which is not never been studied in life, researchers say.

"We looked at it [and] all three were like, Holy Mackerel!" Benz Robby recreational fisherman told WPTV. "Do not you feel that was long dead, the tentacles were moving was closed when we arrived the" fishing boat.

After reaching the shore, the men called the wildlife authorities and the giant squid, and then died quickly found a home in the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

The giant squid, the largest invertebrate in the world, is believed to reach lengths of up to about 60 feet (18 meters) and weighs almost tons. Florida individual, even if it is about 25 feet (8 meters) long and weighs about 200 pounds (90 kilograms).

Like other giant squid is the capture of new white with red spots on the skin that contains chromatophores, pigment-containing cells that can change color rapidly, probably for communication or camouflage.

Squid "Very Rare"

Giant squid in the oceans worldwide, but the animals were rarely spotted in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida, said Roger Portell, a paleontologist at the Museum of Invertebrate Natural History, which helps preserve the octopus.

"These are very rare animals," says National Geographic News Portell. "They tend to be in very deep water, so you do not normally see."

The new test, he added, is "extraordinary".

"There was very little trauma," he said. Although missing tentacle, squid does not seem to have been attacked, he added.

Although no marine animals, were once described, the giant squid have been known to fight deep in the sperm whales.

Like the giant squid seems to have been damaged even die, when it was found, Portela thinks of a new sample, sex is still unknown, may not be reproduced.

"Normally in cephalopods," including squid, octopus, cuttlefish and "two males and females die shortly after reproduction. We assume that this is what happens in this case."

Fishermen, he added, had the merit of a rare condition of the model, he added.

"I'm drawn away, and brought him to shore immediately, and urged the authorities, who put it on ice immediately. So it worked very well," Portela said.

Benz, Fisher said he was motivated to take part in massive prisoner, because he does not think anyone would believe him if he had not.

"Nobody believes a fisherman," he told WPTV.

Recorded giant squid body to science

At the museum, the model is injected with a preservative called formalin and are soaking in a chemical solution. (Photos: "giant squid Get Extreme plastic surgery.")

After two weeks of storage is complete, the squid will become part of the museum's research collection. The genetic data should be of particular interest to researchers trying to find the beast is called the giant squid Architeuthis DUX is actually more than one species, Portela said.

"We've had some researchers to call us down to watch it," he said.

adapted from : NatGeo
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