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Davie Tait
26th April 2008, 23:34
How about a few boxes of these !!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7367774.stm
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44601000/jpg/_44601546_squidafp226.jpg

martin johns
27th April 2008, 14:51
I love the way that the ubiqitious London bus is always used as a size comparator, that or a Jumbo jet (which is usually used to demonstrate how big a pair trawl is).

Davie Tait
27th April 2008, 15:51
I don't know Martin a big pelagic pair trawl can get 4 747's into the mouth of them but that squid isn't even the biggest they reckon is out there , thats the Architeuthis dux

http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/squid_Architeuthis.html
http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=156

martin johns
27th April 2008, 19:23
Yes, you're right Davie, I had forgotten about the big pelagic boats (don't see them down here :( ) I was thinking more of the smaller bass pair trawlers, such as Brian Tait's boats that fished in the Channel.
Either way, the same example is used by tabloid journalists in conjunction with most articles on pair-trawling.
I'll remove the word, Falsely :D

Just a thought, do these giant Squid grow as fast & have as short a life expectancy as normal Squid ?

Davie Tait
27th April 2008, 20:14
From the info I had when I worked at the Lab it is thought these giant squid live a little longer than a normal squid but still no more than 2-3 years max so going from egg to 18m inside 3 years is some growth rate !!!!

martin johns
27th April 2008, 21:05
Wow, that must be almost daily visible growth ! :eek:

Davie Tait
27th April 2008, 21:23
Even your "normal" Loligo squid can grow up to the size of a fish box ( thats the body not including the tentacles ) inside of their normal lifespan of 18 months - 2 years Martin and thats starting off as an egg about 5mm in size...