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Friday, July 29, 2005

Sea monster is a cannibal

The Mercury: Sea monster is a cannibal [29jul05]

A TASMANIAN scientist has found the world's best evidence yet that giant squids eat each other.

The creature that in legend prefers sailors to relatives has been found to have giant squid DNA, including tentacles, in its gut.

The ground-breaking study by University of Tasmania PhD student Bruce Deagle has been reviewed in the prestigious New Scientist magazine.

Mr Deagle used DNA testing to identify the remains of squid in a male caught by a fishing boat off the West Coast of Tasmania in 1999.

The genetic analysis led the report's authors to conclude the giant squid, of Architeuthis dux, could indeed be a cannibal.

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