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Old 30-03-2010, 20:24   #16
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30 inches! Thats 10" longer than the largest specimen as Bash pointed out. Can you have them measure it again? Zed, we have a bug...
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Old 31-03-2010, 05:20   #17
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Trust Gord to be hanging out on a site called "Deep Sea News" Here is the link to the full article on B. giganteus
From The Desk of Zelnio: Bathynomus giganteus | Deep Sea News

I emailed the site with those photos. I will try and get a contact on the Sirius rig and find out what happened to this specimen. Hopefully they didn't chuck it over the side.
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Hmm...I know a few Oceaneering folks...and I was convinced this was an April's Fool joke.
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It's the real deal. My son has seen them at the Harvard Natural history museum. But not 30" long...
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Eat it? I think I slept with it! Looks just like my first wife.
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Hmm...I know a few Oceaneering folks...and I was convinced this was an April's Fool joke.
If it is, its a few days early. If it is a joke, all I can say is that those Sea Drill or Oceaneering (the ROV company) guys must have a lot of spare time on their hands to craft the bug.
I think it is the real deal. You would be amazed at the ROV videos circulating of what goes on a few miles down - mostly giant squids & sharks but occasionally sperm whales. However, I haven't seen any pics of bodies with cement boots "sleeping with da fishes" ala Don Corleone.
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Hey, if it's real, it's real.

I spent 40 years in the oceanographic, ROV and manned submersible industries. I have thousands of hours sitting in front of video consoles, thousands of days at sea tracking ROVs, not only on Oceaneering jobs, but on a lot of others as well. Including with 26 different Navies. I've spent a fair bit of time with ALVIN, SEA CLIFF, TURTLE, NR1, the Nekton subs, Deep Rover, a few others. Graham Hawkes and his family came down to visit us. I have been on several National Geographic special assignments, including Emory Kristoff taking photos of six gill sharks from the Twin Drill off Bermuda, and Sylvia Earle in the Deep Rover out of the CMRS facility on Lee Stocking.

I think I got a pretty good general idea of the kinds of things happening on the sea floor.

And it's only a matter of time before some coonass comes up with a recipe for those bugs...
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