I've got to tell you, I'm digging this Giant Squid thing. Any time you are the first person to capture a mythical beast with the word Giant in the title, I am officially a fan of yours. The fact it's a Giant Squid we're talking about just magnifies the whole thing. I've been a giant squid enthusiast for several years now, since I first read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I liked the book, but around the same time, I went to Disney World with my parents. They had a ride there based on the movie. You stepped aboard a board, it descended two feet into the water, and then... And Then... AND THEN A 3 FOOT CARDBOARD SQUID ATTACKED THE BOAT! It was pretty good stuff.
The best part of it was that I hadn't been on the ride before, so I wasn't actually sure was what happening. Was it scripted? Why on earth didn't they move the ride if they knew about this danger? And most importantly, did humanity stand any chance at all against a giant, cardboard, underwear nemesis? Right then and there, the Giant Squid moved up to first place on my list of Animals Whose Extinction I Am Praying For. No one attacks Disney World on my watch.
Fifteen years later, we finally get one on camera. As one might expect from the Giant Squid, it appears both very large and very squid like. Somewhat surprisingly, the species seems to have evolved significantly since my last encounter with it near Epcot Center. Alas, it is a wily prey. It's been exciting for me to read all of these stories and learn how we're still just beginning to grasp some of the giant creatures in the world. But does this mean I'll be going on the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride anytime soon? No, definitely not.Posted by Cody at September 28, 2005 5:23 PM