January 28, 2006
Super squid surfaces in Antarctic

"We'd like to give this animal the name colossal squid in order to have a common name for it as opposed to just the scientific name," said Kat Bolstad, research associate at Auckland University of Technology.

"We feel that colossal conveys both the size and the aggressiveness of the animal.

"This animal, armed as it is with the hooks and the beak that it has, not only is colossal in size but is going to be a phenomenal predator and something you are not going to want to meet in the water."

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Posted by Ellen at January 28, 2006 08:44 AM

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I love the "you're not going to want to meet this in the water" comments. IMHO, there are many things out there that you don't want to meet in the water - sharks, certain whales, many angry little fish, bunchs of small parasites, etc. It's their environment and they rule it - we only survive it by not really being in it (ships tend to win out over whales, etc.)

Posted by: ronaprhys on January 28, 2006 11:21 AM
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