Good night and good luck

The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battering upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

8 Responses

  1. tepapamuseum

    Hey Mike – if you are interested in the eye stuff – there is a lecture today – we will be videoing and it will be available on the Te Papa website as soon as we get it editted!

    I know you;re in the UK but here is the event.
    2pm–3pm: Dr Eric Warrant: The Weird and Wonderful Eyes of Animals Who Live in the Dark and the Deep Sea

    Also I don’t know if you saw it but Eric wrote a post about the eye –
    http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2008/04/30/the-eye/

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  2. Gib

    Correction: It was caught accidentally on a line, and almost dead when raised. It was thought that it was going to die, so they kept it.

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  3. Gib

    Someone has to put B out of his/her misery: this squid was accidentally caught in a fishing net, and was dead when brought to the surface.

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  4. B

    Why does man have to kill everything? What a shame. Scientific or not.

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  5. Maria

    Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. My son and I’ve been watching what we could before his bedtime, we’re in North Carolina, USA, and it’s been AMAZING.

    Please re-cast the feeds during your night hours(our daytime)we missed alot of exciting footage.

    Thank you again for your amazing work.

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  6. mike adams

    Thanks so much for putting all this up on the web. I’m an eye surgeon in the UK and have been fascinated by today’s images of the squid lens – any more eye-related info available yet?

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  7. Dave Dickinson

    A captivating experience and a real privilege to have been able to watch all your hard work – thank you and enjoy some rest!

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  8. Nicole

    Yep thanks for the awesome work you guys have done and for allowing joe blogg to be in there to see this amazing Colossal Squid.

    I have learnt so much about the squid and have a new found respect for a member of the squid family which i used for fishing and eat as squid rings

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