Rare Pacific squid found near Florida, USA


Aspeoteuthis acanthodermaFrom the Herald Tribune in Florida, USA:

Rare squid draws attention at Mote Marine

By CAROL E. LEE

carol.lee@heraldtribune.com

SARASOTA — A large deep-sea squid, one of 11 of its kind to land in the hands of scientists, has spent the past three months tucked into a 32-gallon Igloo cooler at Mote Marine Laboratory.

She made a rare appearance Wednesday, her fourth since a charter fisherman found her floating in 820-foot-deep water off the southern coast of Key West on Feb. 20.

Scientists at Mote have tentatively identified her as Asperoteuthis acanthoderma, a species previously found only in the Pacific Ocean.

The Key West Squid, as they call her, is the first to be discovered in the Atlantic Ocean.

She already has a mention on the Wikipedia Web site and will likely make her way to the Smithsonian Institution at some point.

The squid weighed in at 13.2 pounds and was 61/2 feet long when she arrived at Mote.

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