Offshore Drilling: Regulator hands over deep sea creatures to Smithsonian

Posted March 10, 2017 - 1:39pm

Katie Ahlfeld opened a steel tank on a recent Tuesday to reveal one of the Smithsonian Institution's prize possessions: a 26-foot giant squid from the Gulf of Mexico.

"It feels like a wet rubber band," the museum specialist said, offering up a tentacle and pointing out the sharp-toothed suckers that grip prey.

The squid arrived at the museum in 2009, frozen and stuffed into a 5-gallon bucket. Federal scientists had pulled it up in a trawl net, proof that the elusive species lives deep in Gulf waters.

The specimen is now one of 50 million in the Smithsonian's non-insect invertebrate collection. Its benefactor: the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Emergy management...

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