Archive for April, 2009

Mola Mola

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 28, 2009 by ElCapitan

Check out this guy, the mola mola, the world’s largest bony fish. It can grow up to a length of 14 feet with a weight of 4000 lbs.

He should get some exercise and lay off the heavy snacking.

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Kraken

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 28, 2009 by ElCapitan

The legend of the Kraken dates back to the 12th century, when Norwegian seamen described a many-armed monster the size of an island, that would wrap its tentacles around the largest of ships and drag them down into the ocean.

While the size is most likely exaggerated, those that lived to tell the story probably encountered a giant squid (or colossal squid). These squids are known to attack whales, and may have mistaken some ships as such. Unfortunately, squids sometimes catch the wrong end of a mistaken attack when they encounter the ships propellers.

Nevertheless, few specimens of colossal squid have ever been caught, and scientists can only project how large they can become. Today, research suggests that they can grow as large as 40-50 feet long, but the depths of the ocean where the colossal squid roam remain largely undiscovered, and beasts the likes of which we have never seen may exist.

The Great White Shark

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 27, 2009 by ElCapitan

Everybody fears the great white shark. However, nobody has it as bad as the seals do. We humans think we have it bad with the economy. Imagine if eluding great white sharks was just another day in the life.

Barreleye Fish

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 by ElCapitan

Just caught a glimpse of this fascinating creature.

Let’s see, visible organs inside a transparent, shielding casing…Kinda like those aliens from Mars Attacks…better keep an eye on these guys.

No lie, though, I’d love to study the Barreleye Fish up close.

Colossal Squid

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 by ElCapitan

One of my favorite animals – the colossal squid

I would hate to get caught face-to-face with this vicious beast.

Fact Sheet:

Largest eyes of any animal in the world

Swiveling hooks on sucker discs at the end of the tentacles

Size is unknown (very few specimens have ever been caught, but an 1100 lb colossal was caught recently)

Inhabit the deep waters of the Antarctic

Rumored to have quite a temper

To learn more, visit http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 by ElCapitan

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 by ElCapitan

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