While the large colossal squid thaws the scientists are continuing their examination of the other ‘smaller’ colossal and the giant squid. Dr Kubodera with the beak of the giant squid:
By measuring beak size of these specimens, we can calculate the size of other specimens of beaks found in the stomachs of sperm whales – thus we will be able to calculate how big these squid can grow. Kat Bolstad and Mark Fenwick dissecting out the beak of the smaller colossal squid:
Dr O’Shea measuring the colossal squid beak. The buccal mass containing the head and tentacles has become separated from the mantle – making it easier to examine. Unfortunately the eyes are missing – the mystery continues….
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