Loch Ness Squid on Google Earth!

The blog-o-sphere is reeling today with supposed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth! Check it out – we wonder whether perhaps Nessie and our Colossal squid are related?

Image of Google Earth care of Geekologie.com

Image of Google Earth care of Geekologie.com

Weird co-incidence number 2 is that during the squid defrost, some of the scientists nick-named our squid ‘Messie’ – after the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni.

For those of you whose Latin pronunciation is not great, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni is pronouced something like ‘Mess-on-a-ca-tooth-this’.
Te Papa’s Colossal Squid website

6 Responses

  1. kurt

    I love learning about colossal squid I’ve learnt half of the facts off this website

  2. pupo

    Nessie Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949-
    Artist Maurits Cornelis ESCHER 1898-1972 NL

    June 29th 2010, Rome
    Great works of art
    Andrea Dipré, famous art critique with Antonio Prospero, CEO of the Escher-
    Nessie association.
    Welcome to you all by Andrea Dipré, presenter of the program The Great Works
    of art. The subject of today’s program is a drawing of exceptional and
    fundamental importance due to its artistic value by the Dutch graphic artist
    and engraver Maurits Cornelis Escher who, with his genius, tackled the
    geometrical representation of art.
    One of his works was found by chance a few years ago, stashed away for decades
    in an old and forgotten garage in a small village in the southern region of
    Campania. This work is of extraordinary importance.
    Escher was loved by scientists, mathematicians and logicians. The work is
    dedicated to the myth of the Monster of Loch Ness known as Nessie.
    The picture is held together in a wooden oak frame and depicts a mysterious
    figure playing a fife who seems to be enchanting the sea creature with his
    Here you can see a life-size photo of the original, which is well hidden in a
    secret location. On the back of the picture there is the signature of Escher
    himself as confirmed by a scientific study of his calligraphy.
    The work is a charcoal drawing measuring 53 cm x 42 cm. This extraordinary
    piece of art was found, as said above, by chance by policeman Raffaele De Feo.
    The calligraphy and signature have been officially recognized. The work is of
    amazing importance also due to the sightings of the Monster of Loch Ness which
    began in the 1930s.
    The work was given to policeman Rafaelle De Feo’s mother and brought to Italy
    a few years later to Volturara Irpina a small village in the southern province
    of Avellino . Escher managed to represent the essence of Nessie. Here is the
    life-size photo of the picture. You can contact the owner or Mr. Prospero for
    more information, and have the chance to see the original which belongs to myth
    rather than history.
    The work, I remind you, is an Escher, the great Dutch artist who was born in
    1898 and died in 1972. Mr. Prospero is also working hard to make the piece of
    art obtain the recognition it deserves. It has already had great success by a
    vast public, but my wish is for it to obtain even larger and wider popularity.
    Thank you.

  3. luana


    Nessie in Italian attic mystery
    Mystery drawing may have been done by master illusionist
    By neil macphail

    Published: 13/03/2010

    ARTISTIC CONUNDRUM: The 1949 painting entitled Loch Ness Monster and Black
    Man without a Face
    More Pictures

    Our Loch Ness Monster is famed the world over, and pops up in very strange
    circumstances from time to time.

    Now she has surfaced at the centre of an art mystery in Italy.

    This centres around a charcoal drawing dating from 1949, which is described as
    Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face, and which could possibly have
    been drawn by famous Dutch artist, MC Escher.

    This story of the mystery painting starts in 2005 in Volturara, a small
    village in the Italian province of Avellino, where traffic police officer
    Raffaele De Feo lives.

    When clearing out his family’s attic, he found what he called “the strange

    Initially he did not take any notice of it, but later, in removing the frame,
    he sees an inscription on the back of the picture, signed by MC Escher, which
    reads: “With all my heart to a friendly remembrance.”

    Now some Italians are urging art experts to authenticate the work as being
    done by Maurits Cornelis Escher, nicknamed “Mauk”, and contacted the Press and
    Journal to spread the world that Nessie “lives” in Italy.

    Escher (1898-1972) was hailed by many as one of the world’s most famous
    graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world,
    as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet. And for several years he
    lived and travelled in Italy.

    He is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as Ascending
    and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I,
    Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles.
    Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1645086?


  4. cheap

    The warmest place north of San Francisco might be the waters off Bodega Bay this week, where icy cold waters were still warmer than the icier cold air on land. Making things even hotter are the voracious schools of giant Humboldt squid back this season in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen.

  5. lucyhoffman

    Hah! You’re right – Middle-Claw Squid is indeed what Mesonychoteuthis means.

    Bruce Marshall, our mollusc curator says there is also a spcies called onychoteuthis equimanus – meaning clawed squid with hands of the same size.

    Not sure why Messie got the middle claw added – it certainly has hooks – the mysteries of scientific naming!

    Check out the post on tentacles

  6. Ian Andreas Miller

    Hamilton’s Middle-Claw Squid? YAY!


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