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Giant squid that washed ashore in South Africa is a rare glimpse of a deep-sea creature

Giant squids are fantastical creatures that live in the crushing depths of the ocean and are rarely seen except in adventure books.

But this winter in South Africa (which was summer in the United States), a baby giant squid washed up on a beach northwest of Cape Town. It lay there, its grey-pink tentacles spread on the sand, and the beachgoers who first saw it realized it was breathing. It had even squirted some of its dark ink onto the sand, an action typically used to confuse predators and one of the reasons that scientist Wayne Florence called the discovery a “stunning find.”

Days before, the giant squid probably had been swimming and searching for food. It would have used those fierce tentacles – the longest was 14 feet – to latch onto its prey and pull it closer to its beaklike mouth.

The animal died before it could be

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Giant squid that washed ashore in South Africa is a rare glimpse of the deep-sea creature

Days before, the giant squid probably had been swimming and searching for food. It would have used those fierce tentacles — the longest was 14 feet — to latch onto its prey and pull it closer to its beaklike mouth.

The animal died before it could be brought to the nearby Iziko South African Museum, where Florence works. The museum has about 20 giant squid specimens, including one that is twice as long as the new arrival. Most of the others were collected after being caught in fishing boats’ nets, making the recent undamaged find special.

The youngster was probably 1 or 2 years old. Giant squids tend to have short lives, lasting about five years, Florence said.

While tissue samples from the latest discovery are being analyzed, scientists from around the world may gather in South Africa for additional research once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted.

They and their

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The Buffalo Sabres’ Sports Science Push Offers A Glimpse Of The NHL’s Data-Driven Future

For all of the money the Buffalo Sabres spent during the 2015 offseason, including the signing of star centerman Ryan O’Reilly to a $52.5 million deal, perhaps the most important acquisitions came off the ice.

The Sabres decided to invest in a new sports science initiative and tapped Dr. Dean Higham to lead it, not an obvious choice considering he didn’t even have a hockey background.

What Higham did have was a Ph.D. in applied science and more than half a decade’s experience at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he worked with the Australian national rugby sevens team.

Buffalo was looking

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