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Very little is known about him, but after years of research he has been captured by at least one goal. The fugitive is not a dangerous mafia boss … but a giant squid, of which only dead carcasses were found to date. Now two Japanese scientists from the Tokyo National Science Museum, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori, publish photos of an 8-meter specimen of Architeuthis rex, immortalized while swimming off the Ogasawara islands in the North Pacific. Click here to see more images of the largest invertebrate in the world and learn about what was discovered from this meeting.

The giant squid hunt took place at a depth of 900 meters. To identify the area in which these animals live, it was enough to follow the footsteps of the sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) who are fond of them. This method was previously followed by other American and New Zealand scientists who had declared "war" on the calamarone between 1996 and 1999. Without success. The capidogli also hunt during the day at 800-1000 meters deep, going back up to 400-500 meters at night. When these coordinates were put together, the Japanese biologists identified the place in which to set their "trap".

The bait with which the squid was attracted was very special and studied by scientists so that in addition to a large portion of a common Japanese squid, a powerful camera was also hung. On 30 September 2004 a large specimen appeared at the appointment and under the camera lens, at 900 meters of depth, two long tentacles closed around the lure with a ball. The action recalled the manner in which the python was taken which spiraled around its prey and then crushed it.

The thing that impressed Kubodera and Kyoichi the most was the aggressiveness of Architeuthis, which proved to be a more active predator than believed. The deadly weapons of this inhabitant of the abyss are the two long tentacles - oversized compared to the other 8 - with which he grabs the prey.

These tentacles represent two-thirds of the length of the specimens so far measured (found stuck in fishing nets or dead at the shore ). The longest of which we have had news are those of 12 meters belonging to a specimen that measured a total of 18 of them.

The squid, which attacked its prey horizontally, was raised dragged from the bait to the boat carrying the team of experts. Wobbling and wrapping their tentacles around the bottom of the boat, a tentacle remained to the scientists, while the animal returned to the abyss.

This "trophy" will allow researchers to map the genetic code and know more about the species.

If the first thought that came to you reading this news, is the barbecue that could be prepared with squid of this size, you will be disappointed. According to testimonies on other beasts of the abysses found casually, their flesh would be completely tasteless.

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