Posted on January 7, 2013 by

Giant Squid Filmed in Natural Habitat for the First Time

When I first saw the headline I thought it was a repost from the first time scientists captured footage of a giant squid, but as it turns out this is entirely new. Scientists in a submersible vehicle captured footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat, apparently between 600-900 meters underwater, for the very first time.

The only video I could find is the one below of someone filming the footage shown on Japanese television. Hopefully a better copy of the video will be released soon.

They spotted the squid at a depth of 630 meters using a submersible in July, some 15 km east of Chichi Island, part of the Ogasawara chain. The submarine with three people on board, including Tsunemi Kubodera from the museum, followed the enormous mollusk to a depth of 900 meters as it swam into the abyss.

The creature was about 3 meters long, but was “estimated to be as long as 8 meters if its two long arms had not been chopped off,” Kubodera said. He gave no explanation for its missing tentacles.

He said it was the first video footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat — the depths where there is little oxygen.

Kobudera, a squid specialist, also filmed what he says was the first live video footage of a giant squid in 2006, but only from his boat after the creature was hooked and brought up to the surface.

The giant squid, known as Architeuthis to scientists, is sometimes described as one of the last mysteries of the ocean, being part of a world so hostile to humans that it has been little explored.

via Japan Times

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Posted on January 6, 2013 by

Another Year, Another Record Bluefin Tuna Sale

Around this time every year we see huge bluefin tuna auctioned off to the highest bidder in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, and every year they set a new record (no doubt due to overfishing). This year the bar has been set at $1.7 million dollars, that’s more than 4 times the record from last year by the way. And the tuna sold is nearly 50 kilograms lighter than last years!

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013

Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was “a bit high”.

This year’s record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter than last year’s prize-winner, which fetched 56m yen.

The prices do not necessarily reflect quality or size and are more linked to publicity and setting the tone for the business year.

He said he wanted to “encourage Japan” with his bid.

The price works out at about $7,600 per kg ($3,500/lb).

Japan consumes more than half of the world’s bluefin catch.

via BBC.co.uk

Posted on January 5, 2012 by

New World Record Tuna Price

About the same time last year, the most expensive tuna ever sold went for 32.49 million yen ($400000USD). That record smashed the previous record, and this year it has happened again, by an even larger margin!

Thursday morning a 592 pound (269kg) tuna sold for a staggering $736500 USD (56.49 million yen) at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market. It has been reported that the cost of this tuna would mean that a single slice of sushi could cost as much as 5000 yen, but the firm plans to sell it at a more regular price of up to 418 yen.

via Yahoo

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