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    Another good reason to keep away from that wet stuff ...
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2003 Jan 18, 05:18 +1100

    Giant squid attacks boat
    January 17 2003
    A French yacht taking part in the Jules Verne round-the-world sailing
    trophy has been attacked by a giant squid in the mid-Atlantic, its
    skipper announced by radio link.
    Veteran yachtsman Oliver de Kersauson, at the helm of the trimaran
    Geronimo, said the boat was hit by strange vibrations on Sunday, so he
    sent a crew member below deck to try to identify what was wrong.
    "Suddenly he saw something moving," de Kersauson said. "It was tentacles.
    "The squid was pulling really hard, so we put the boat about and when we
    came to a stop the tentacles let go. We saw it behind the boat - and it
    was enormous. I have been sailing for 40 years, and I have never seen
    the like," he said.
    Crew member Didier Ragault, who spotted the creature through a port-hole
    said "the tentacles were as thick as my arm wearing an oil-skin, and I
    immediately thought of the damage it could do.
    "When we saw it behind the boat it must have been seven, eight or nine
    metres long," he said.
    The giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is the world's largest invertebrate
    and can reach 18 metres in length, but it is also highly elusive, with
    only about 250 sightings officially recorded -- most of them of dead
    animals on beaches.

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