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    New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

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    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

    The squid, weighing an estimated 990 lbs and about 39 feet long, took two hours to land in Antarctic waters, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said.

    The fishermen were catching Patagonian toothfish, sold under the name Chilean sea bass, south of New Zealand "and the squid was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep," Anderton said.

    The fishing crew and a fisheries official on board their ship estimated the length and weight of the squid: Detailed, official measurements have not been made. The date when the colossus was caught also was not disclosed.


    Colossal squid, known by the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are estimated to grow up to 46 feet long and have long been one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep ocean.

    If original estimates are correct, the squid would be 330 pounds heavier than the next biggest specimen ever found.

    "I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing," said Dr. Steve O'Shea, a squid expert at the Auckland University of Technology. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires, he added.

    Colossal squid can descend to 6,500 feet and are extremely active, aggressive hunters, he said.

    The frozen squid will be transported to New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, in the capital, Wellington, to be preserved for scientific study.

    Marine scientists "will be very interested in this amazing creature as it adds immeasurably to our understanding of the marine environment," Anderton said.

    Colossal squid are found in Antarctic waters and are not related to giant squid found round the coast of New Zealand. Giant squid grow up to 39 feet long, but are not as heavy as colossal squid.

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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    We use strips of squid (cut bait) down here in the Chesapeak Bay to catch big flounder.


    Bet I could get some monster flatfish with that cut bait.
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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    Thanks for that post WVV,





    I actually just posted your finding on Squidfish.net






    Another forum I belong to...Every spring we go squidding, my wife,son and I...





    That thing could pull me waterskiing....LMAO





    Could probably make enough Tractor Trailer Tires out of that thing to have a convoy...LOL





    The ones we catch are about 1 to 2 pounds ea..
    Great eatting and great bait for all types of fishing..



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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    hmmmmmm. calamari.....
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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






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    Knowing Singer's "situation", that squid could be in real trouble!
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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






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    LMAO! Very good Ned.

    I caught a rare Crab once and I wasn't even near an ocean! But that's a bit of a different story!
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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






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    LMAO! Very good Ned.

    I caught a rare Crab once and I wasn't even near an ocean! But that's a bit of a different story!
    Yuk dude...is that its anus?

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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    "audioghost" wrote:
    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






    [img width=350 height=412]http://www.bismarcktribune.com/content/articles/2007/02/22/ap/strange/d8net0ag0.jpg[/img]
    LMAO! Very good Ned.

    I caught a rare Crab once and I wasn't even near an ocean! But that's a bit of a different story!
    Yuk dude...is that its anus?




    According to Cajun, thats it's love hole...LMAO...





    Just think, that thing could grab Singer and never let go....hahahahahahha


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    Re: New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid

    "VikingNed" wrote:
    "audioghost" wrote:
    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "VikingNed" wrote:
    Singersp's...WELCOME TO SAGAY
    Dinner on a platter.... ;D






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    LMAO! Very good Ned.

    I caught a rare Crab once and I wasn't even near an ocean! But that's a bit of a different story!
    Yuk dude...is that its anus?




    According to Cajun, thats it's love hole...LMAO...





    Just think, that thing could grab Singer and never let go....hahahahahahha
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    I believe Cajun said this was a love hole also.

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