18th January 2009

More colossal encounters. This time we have found a squid beak inside one of the toothfish. We think the beak must have been inside the fish for some time as there was no sign of a struggle with tentacle marks on any of the fish we’ve caught in this area and there was no squid, other than our bait, in any of the stomachs the observers had sampled for the last few days.


We wonder how long it would take for a toothfish to digest a beak like that… probably some time we imagine.


Check out the kina with attitude: they are not toothpicks, it was walking about on those stalks when I took its photo. We think the other beast is a copepod of some kind. We’ll take it home for proper identification by people who know more about these fellers than we do.

Rgds: John B.

One Response to “18th January 2009”

  1. pamelalovis Says:

    Hi John
    The crustacea is an Antarctic giant isopod (Glyptonotus antarcticus) – they can grow up to 45 cm in length! They are thought to be scavengers, but possibly also eat echinoderms and other animals.

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