Now that's a significant amount of calamari

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I really hate to rain on the parade of the fishermen who caught that 20-foot-long colossal squid in 2003, but the record's been broken -- by a whopping 13 feet. Once a sea monster of legend, and star of such fantastical flicks as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, we're now discovering that this "monster" is no fantasy: at 33 feet in length and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, it's nearly as large as your average yellow school bus. According to the bearded fellows who caught it -- employees of the Sanford Seafood Company -- this latest specimen would make calamari rings the size of tractor tires. It's apparently a female, meaning even this behemoth isn't the largest of the squid -- scientists believe its brethren can grow up to 43 feet long.

One thing missing from this latest find, however, is a name: cryptozoologists have Nessie, paleontologists have Lucy -- but what can we call this colossus? (Mari? Cali?) Suggestions welcome!

July 2, 2007 - 5:48am
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