Jul 13, 2007

Let Us Have Our Monsters

A walker found this while taking a hike on Tasmania's Ocean Beach. It's being reported as a giant squid (6.5 feet length on the mantle), but I think it might be a colossal squid.

As a boy I remember the lore and myth surrounding these massive cephalopods. But it seems lately that the veil of mystery has been pulled back ever since the Japanese caught a live one on film. Now their washing up on shore in increasing numbers. It's like the mollusks have given up -- the cat's out of the bag, why bother staying hidden.

Can't science just let us have our monsters?

Photo source: Yahoo!

8 comments:

Jade said...

It kind of makes me worry that we're seeing so many of them, now. Maybe the ocean is sick and it's messing with the animals in it. It's rather ironic to go from seeing none to seeing almost a hundred in less than ten years.

pkeli said...

I agree that it's worrisome. But don't you think some of it might be that the media is posting more of the stories because of public interest? Don't know but I wonder what killed this guy...

On a lighter note, hey Wombat, didja know uglyoverload is getting some comments on cuteoverload today? It's because UO was mentioned in Southwest Airlines "Diversions" mag. Congrats on that!!

zach said...

This is beautiful.

daniel renzi said...

Dredging on the bottom of the ocean is disturbing the feeding grounds and breeding grounds for animals like the giant/collossal squids. And as a result, more carnivorous whales are washing ashore as well, having starved to death. It's terrible.

Raging Wombat said...

Thanks for letting me know, pkeli! That's great news.

Jack Ruttan said...

Actually, I thought that was one of the old Norse signs of the apocalypse. (Remembering "The Kraken Wakes" by John Wyndham)

Anonymous said...

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Arachnophile said...

*sigh* There's so much proof that dredging is amazingly destructive.... :( If we loose our Krakens, it's true, there'll be no magic left in the world.