Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thawing Out

Calamari anyone?

Researchers in Wellington, New Zealand are considering microwaving the largest squid ever caught. They don't want to heat up the creature to eat it, but rather to inspect it.

Scientists froze the squid after it was captured in Antarctic waters last month in order to preserve it.

Thawing Out

The massive animal weighs 495 kilograms and measures 10 metres.

Researchers at New Zealand's national museum are considering putting the squid into a massive microwave to defrost it. They can't place it out at room temperature due to its size. The process would take days and the outside would rot before the insides thawed out.

"There are certain microwave equivalents that are used by industry, for treating timber and the like, that we could probably fit this thing into," expert Steve O'Shea said. "But that is just one option."

This squid would make calamari rings the size of tractor tires if cut up.

So it's probably for the best that this creature isn't destined for human consumption. How would you dunk those suckers in a nice chipotle mayo?

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