A giant squid washed ashore in Japan. Surprisingly, it was still alive!

That looks like a sick squid to me — alive, but barely. I’m seeing conflicting reports that it’s already died, or that it’s living in an aquarium, or that it was airlifted to a secret kaiju laboratory on a remote volcanic island in the Pacific.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    If you clone it and irradiate the embryos with gamma rays, the results could be interesting.
    Feel free to splice in a few genes from Biolante.

  2. timmyson says

    Uhhh… pretty sure you weren’t supposed to share that last part. Welcome to the kaiju lab blacklist.

  3. birgerjohansson says

    Naah, I will just move over to the “Gamera ” narrative universe.
    It is like the Godzilla one, but with more annoying little kids running around and getting under the feet of the monsters.
    There is also a giant turtle who flies around by farting fire as a biological rocket engine (the same way as the tiny dragon in Pratchett’s “Guards! Guards!”).

  4. birgerjohansson says

    The good part about this organism: it does NOT have a mouth at each end, as cephalopods in certain disreputable films.

  5. birgerjohansson says

    I wanna “Jurassic Park” the ortoceratites, with their spiked shells and tentacles. The critter in the photo is too soft and cuddly.

  6. Rich Woods says

    That looks like a sick squid to me

    Sick squid is about seven and a half bucks.

  7. birgerjohansson says

    As squid lack an internal bladder for buoyancy like fish have, I am told they contain a lot of some low-density chemical (ammonia?) to get the same density as seawater.
    In this exposed situation, more volatile substances might diffuse away from the body, which would probably not be good for squid health. But I do not know anything about the effect of reduced pressure on dissolved gases.

  8. wsierichs says

    You don’t need a kaiju lab. Just Take it to a deserted island and detonate a nuke next to it. It will regain its original, kaiju size, begin glowing and resume its life of stomping through cities, sweeping up people snacks.

    Unless … unless … it’s a precursor of Cthulu, in which case bury it under that island and kill everyone who knows its location. It’s the only way to be sure.