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Friday, September 30, 2005

Giant Squid found alive!

So all of you that know me well know that I have been always been fascinated by the giant squid as well as all of the other "x-creatures" i.e: loch ness monster, sasquatch, yeti...etc. In particular I have been learning everything I could about giant squids since I was a little kid and how they are basically living dinosaurs. It is actually kind of crazy because not a day before this discovery, which was announced on Wednesday, I had some friends over and I was talking about this exact thing, and how there is so much that we cannot explain and that species that we have thought died out millions of years are still on the planet such as the coelacanth, which has been on the planet for almost 400 million years, predating the dinosaurs by millions of years. This fish was thought to have died out during the mass extinction 65 million years ago until they caught one of the Chinese coast in the 1980's. Anyway, the discovery of the giant squid was such a landmark because although we have known they have existed because they are found dead on the shores, this is the first time one has ever been seen alive...... ever. It is also fascinating to think that the snow leopard was thought to be a legend until the 1970's when a film crew documented them for the first time. The snow leopards were so perfectly adapted to their environment that they could see humans (or anything else that they wanted to hide from) from almost two miles away and duck in the snow and you could walk past one without even knowing it was there.

The giant squid that was photographed was relatively small measuring 8 meters (26 feet) which about the size of a school bus. The largest one on record measured 18.5 meters (59.5 feet) and weighed 1 ton. My only question was why they waited this long to make this discovery public. The photographs were taken almost a year ago yet the pictures were just released on Wednesday, so why would they wait to show one of the greatest marine scientific discoveries of our time.

Lastly, there are still hundreds of uncharted forests in California where there are numerous "bigfoot" sightings every year, so who knows what could be next. I guess this proves that truth really is stranger then fiction.

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