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  • newtoboard2002 newtoboard2002 Mar 28, 2002 10:19 AM Flag

    Ocean waters

    Kind of scary, what is really down there? We may never have all the answers.

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) -- Scientists have identified what they believe is the largest octopus ever seen, a four metre (13 foot) long giant hauled from the depths near New Zealand's remote Chatham Islands.

    The dead specimen, caught in a trawler's net, was badly damaged but it was clearly a massive animal, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) marine biologist Steve O'Shea.

    "It would easily have been four-plus meters in total length and a weight of 70-75 kg (154-165 pounds), if not more -- it's a very big octopus, the size of a fully mature male giant squid."

    O'Shea had provisionally identified the specimen, caught at a depth of more than 900 meters (3,000 feet), as Haliphron Atlanticus, a bright red, jelly-like species of octopus not previously found in the South Pacific.

    Juveniles of the species had been found in shallow northern waters, with adults believed to live at a depth of around 250 meters so the discovery was unusual, he said.

    "It's extremely deep, it's extremely large, it's the first recorded in the South Pacific, it may not even be the species we've attributed to it at this point in time -- I've got a lot more work to do on it."

    People had been amazed when he relayed the details of the creature, O'Shea said.

    "But down here in New Zealand, this is an area which is so poorly explored that its not surprising that we're getting all these weird and wonderful animals.

    "The frightening thing is that we are getting an animal like this newly reported in New Zealand waters today ... so new and large, you've got to sit down and ask yourself 'What is it we know about the deep sea environment?'," O'Shea said.

    Octopuses are one of the most diverse creatures on earth, with several hundred species worldwide and more than 40 species found in New Zealand waters alone.

    The Chathams are a windswept group of islands around 850 km (530 miles) east of Christchurch, home to around 800 people engaged in sheep farming and fishing.


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    • Maky, heh, heh...John Paul II.

      Oh, and I must share with all, from Yahoo!

      Pat Knight, the coach's son and an assistant at Texas Tech, has called Davis a backstabber, accusing him of taking the Indiana head coaching job while publicly supporting Bob Knight and asking him for help in finding another job.

      There's more bad history between them. During testimony in a lawsuit against Knight by another former assistant coach, Ron Felling, who contends Knight attacked him, Davis was asked if he would describe Knight as a bully. Davis said, "Yes." Asked if he thought Knight's coaching style was appropriate, Davis said, "No."

      That's not exactly the foundation of a warm relationship. And Knight is not one to forget.


    • Maky, you shameless child!

      Pope said

      "In lazy apathy let stoics boast
      Their virtue fix'd: 't is fix'd as in a frost;
      Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
      But strength of mind is exercise, not rest."


    • Newby...

      This is an awesome story. We need Captn Nemo to come back to explore the underwater world of these creatures.

      BTW, Everone is counting on IU going the way of the dinasours, but I would be so sure. If Coverdale starts hitting the 3's it will ne an interesting game. I still believes that this is William's year. KU by a nose.


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