Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Giant Squid

Nice article in The New Yorker on Giant Squid. It's a pretty long article but it starts out with the short story of a yachtman's encounter with a giant squid during an around the world race. It's cool and scary at the same time.

The creature seemed to be wrapping itself around the boat, which rocked violently. The floorboards creaked, and the rudder started to bend. Then, just as the stern seemed ready to snap, everything went still. "As it unhooked itself from the boat, I could see its tentacles," Ragot recalled. "The whole animal must have been nearly thirty feet long."

The creature had glistening skin and long arms with suckers, which left impressions on the hull. "It was enormous," Kersauson recalled. "I've been sailing for forty years and I've always had an answer for everything,for hurricanes and icebergs. But I didn't have an answer for this. It was terrifying."

via wetasschronicles.com

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