Though the Colossal Squid , Mesonychoteuthis is a shrimp compared to the critter in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - the true Giant Squid , Architeuthys , the fresh-caught adult Colossal Squid shown here is still one very serious piece of sushi , though the wee beastie , a 10-meter-long, 1,000 pound male , seems to have died of fright upon seeing its first human when hauled aboard a fishing boat off the New Zealand coast .
Just as well- swarms of the creatures have been known to attack modern nuclear submarines as they cruise the abyss, using parrot-like beaks to gouge five-inch holes in the sonar-absorbing tiles shrouding the stealthy subs hulls. The Colossal Squid's gigantic cousin , Architeuthys, AKA The Kraken , has been on Norway's most wanted list since 1240 , when one attacked a longship carrying the Bishop Of Oslo, whom the naughty creature apparently mistook for a smorgesbord item.
The creatures rediscovery may lead to a revival of a masterpiece of Carib-Eskimo fusion cuisine , jerk colossal squid en brochette , which until the advent of the pressure cooker,was prepared by Narwhals like this one , trained to tenderize the rubbery delicacy in the superheated steam of abyssal black smokers .
Some ecologists eschew the dish , as an earlier reptile based version, the favorite of noted gourmand and explorer Amerigo Vespucci , shown below choosing his lunch , led to the Baroque dragon extinction as hungry tourists flooded the Caribbean after The War of Jenkin's Ear. Photo: AP /New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries