“At 09:15 on September 30 2004, squids as we know them changed forever.”

Omigosh omigosh omigosh! Could any better news have awaited my return home?

News24.com has a colorful account of the first-ever filming of a live giant squid, including some crazy backstory:

In 2003, New Zealand marine biologists laid a sex trap.

They ground up some squid gonads, believing that the scent would drive male giant squids wild as the creatures migrated through New Zealand waters.

The hope was that a camera would squirt out the pureed genitals and a passing squid, driven into a sexual frenzy, would then mate with the lens — a project that, some may be relieved to hear, never came to fruition.

(The New York Times has a somewhat less sensational story.)

Any way you slice it, this is exciting news. Clyde Roper must be over the moon.



One Response to ““At 09:15 on September 30 2004, squids as we know them changed forever.””

  1. Ezra says:


    Visit Ezra

    Squids Gone Wild!

    I saw this and forgot to forward to you. The thing that sucks is that the poor squid lost a tentacle in its struggle with the baited camera. :(


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