Colossal Squid May Be Microwaved

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 24th, 2007

Colossal Squid

Remember the news of the very large, appropriately named Colossal Squid just captured?

Here’s an update, via news services, which are reporting, in part:

Scientists at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, have taken possession of the beast that took fishermen two hours to land after it was netted by chance in Antarctic waters last month and was frozen soon afterward to preserve it.

Expert Steve O’Shea said the squid had weighed in at 1,089 pounds and measured 33 feet long — heavier but shorter than initial estimates of 990 lbs and 39 feet.

It appears to be by far the largest specimen of the rare and mysterious deep-water species Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, or colossal squid, ever caught….

O’Shea said scientists at the museum are considering using a giant microwave oven as a possible way to defrost the animal so they can study it.Associated Press, March 22, 2007

Colossal Squid

The 1,089 pound, 33 feet long squid, when it was first hauled beside the fishing boat. Picture: NZ Ministry of Fisheries / AAP

My thanks to a well-known Hollywood director who forwarded me this story on Thursday, but which I was only able to get to on the weekend.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Colossal Squid May Be Microwaved”

  1. Bob Michaels responds:

    What ever it takes to have a successful outcome.

  2. sschaper responds:

    Deep-fat fried would taste better.

    Seriously, why don’t they do this like you should with a frozen thanksgiving turkey? You don’t microwave it, you set it in nearly freezing water. For a long time.

  3. Darkstream responds:

    Sschaper ~ I was thinking the same thing, but I believe there is a need to quickly dethaw the squid. I imagine there is a greater chance of decomposition if the squid is allowed to dethaw naturally.

  4. mystery_man responds:

    Well, I don’t think they are going to find that kind of microwave down at the electronics store. 🙂

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