Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | 9:40 pm
WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com – researchers accidentally discovered a giant squid along the 5.9-meter caught in their nets in coastal Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico. The findings of a rare animal in these locations showed a lot of things we do not know about the giant squid.
The new squid netted it weighed 46.7 kg. He was captured July 30 in trawl nets at a depth of 450 meters below the water that pulled the ship researchers. However, animals that die because they can not adapt to changes in pressure at different water depths when brought to the surface.
“When a trawl net that emerged from the water, I see there is something big in it, very big,” said Anthony Martinez, water mammal researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The researchers are examining the actual types of food intended to preserve the sperm whale squid they found and sent to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History for further investigation.
Giant squid are rarely found intact. Researchers usually only see the remains of his body in the stomach of animal predators like sperm whales. It makes findings of this time is very valuable because researchers can study the animals that are more complete.
Giant squid can reach lengths of 12 meters and is usually found in the deep ocean, as in Spain and New Zealand waters. Previously recorded only once, namely in 1954, a giant squid was found dead floating in the Mississippi Delta, still in the vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico. (Kompas.com)