Have been for the past couple of weeks actually, because of this photo:. A publisher of nature books in Japan contacted me a couple of weeks ago. My friend at the company sent me a photo of a sperm whale up-close, with impressive scars on its face…wrote that the scars were the product of encounters with colossal squid. One reason perhaps why the colossals might not be as well known is that they are found in the Southern Ocean, which, as any mariner can tell you, is cold and inhospitable.
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Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 22nd, I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing. On February 22, , various sources, including the BBC News announced that New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said a Colossal Squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni , estimated as 33 feet 10 meters long and pound kilograms in weight, has been captured.
But we can learn a lot from the scars on their bodies, and this week a very distinct-looking gray whale, photographed Saturday off Los Angeles, is being widely discussed because of scars that can be easily identified, and very mysterious markings that experts have not seen before. According to Schulman-Janiger, a whale researcher, the images reveal at least 11 vertical scars caused by a boat propeller, and seven rake marks caused by killer whale teeth. But this whale also boasts narrow parallel tracks that meander along its back, and look as though they might have been caused either by a rope or some type of fishing gear; by suckers on the tentacles of a squid, or perhaps the stinging tentacles of a jellyfish. Not only have I never seen anything like it, but I am at a loss to what might have caused this, short of theories involving space aliens and technologies not yet available to the human race. Alps also reached out to notable whale researchers, who likewise had never seen these types of markings.