December 22, 2006

Everybody Loves Squids!

Spent the day driving to Soldotna to pick up our U-Haul. Talk about great weather for loading a trailer. The forecast calls for 6-12 inches of snow between now and Sunday, with 15-30 mph winds and temps in the teens (with windchills well below zero). At least we don't have to worry about driving the dang thing anywhere until Tuesday. For the time being all we've got to worry about is fitting everything we own into a space that's only 5'x8'x6'.

In other rather exciting news (at least if you're a nature-nerd, like me), some Japanese researchers caught and filmed a live giant squid off the Ogasawara Islands, south of Tokyo. There's a video of it at This new one seems to be a little big bigger than this one caught near San Diego in 2005.

So it's not quite as impressive as it would have been had they found a 60 foot squid attached to their line. But it's still way more exciting than anything my brother and I ever caught.

Finally, I thought I'd post a video demonstrating the proper technique for freeing a buddy from the tentacles of a giant mechanical squid.

Always remember, use your arm blasters and go for the eyes!

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