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Image 1 - Disproportionate Eyes Help Giant Squids Avoid Predators
2012-03-16 04:37:46

Researchers from Swedish and American universities say that they have solved the mystery as to why giant and colossal squid have such enormous eyes, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the oversized ocular orbits are essentially a defense mechanism. According to Rob Waugh of the Daily Mail, the giant squid can be upwards of 27-feet long and can weigh half a ton, or "as much as five adult men." Even so, their eyes, which are roughly the size of a basketball, are still "far, far too big for their...

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2008-04-30 12:10:00

Researchers at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa reported the eye size of the world's largest squid, adding that they may be the largest animal eyes ever discovered.With a diameter larger than a football, the eyes measure about 11 inches across, but could have been even larger when the colossal squid was still alive."These are truly amazing eyes," said Eric Warrant, an expert on animal vision from the University of Lund in Sweden."In the collapsed state we see here, they measure 25cm...

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2008-04-28 16:05:00

Scientists in New Zealand have begun thawing a colossal squid specimen on Monday in hopes to learn more about the rare and mysterious ocean creatures.The squid is more than 34 feet long and weighs half a ton and is currently thawing in a bath of saltwater. Scientists in Wellington then plan to dissect it in order to learn about the species, which live largely in the cold Antarctic waters and can grow up to 50 feet long."They're incredibly rare"”this is probably one of maybe six...

2005-09-28 06:30:19

By Takanori Isshiki TOKYO (Reuters) - The first photographs of a live giant squid -- one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- suggest it is a more active creature than previously thought, a Japanese scientist said on Wednesday. Until now the only information about the behaviour of the creatures which measure up to 18 metres (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets. But Tsunemi Kubodera, of...


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