The first robust clubhook squid washed ashore in Cannon Beach, Oregon, on July 27, 2018.
(Sea Life Aquarium)
A robust clubhook squid washed ashore on an Oregon beach last week for the second time within the span of two weeks, to give the researchers another rare opportunity to look into the mysterious deep sea creature.
The 8-legged squid, which measured 9 metres long, with a 5-meter long tentacles, was dead a few days at the beach Debi Tribe, and daughter, Cami discovered it on a beach in Neskowin. The first clubhook squid was found about 70 miles away in Cannon Beach on July 27.
“When they saw the article in the Oregonian about the squid in Cannon Beach, they called us to see if we are interested in investigating this. We were!” Sea Aquarium announced in Aug. 9 Facebook post, sharing a number of photos of the wonderful discovery.
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Just as the first squid, researchers will also be the construction of this sea-creature in the hopes of learning more about the habits.
“The bill was already gone, but we took a few tissue samples that will be sent to Alaska, where they will be used for the further study of the diet of sperm whales,” the aquarium said.
Fortunately, the squid’s body was largely intact, allowing researchers to measure the animals and determine whether it is a man or a woman.
“Since little is known about these large squids each one we get to explore a unique opportunity to learn a little bit more,” the aquarium added.
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The robust clubhook squid can grow up to 12 feet long, making it the third largest squid species exist.
“M. robusta is distinguished from other squid of the North Pacific ocean by the presence of 2 rows of sharp hooks on the tentacle clubs, by the length of the fins, the fleshy longitudinal ridges on its body and its large size,” the Seattle Aquarium explained in a blog post, mentioning the research of F. G. Hochberg, an expert on cephalopods.
This particular type of squid is usually found in the warmer regions of the Pacific Ocean, everywhere from California to Japan, the Oregon Coast Beach Connection reports.
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