Giant Squid Washes Up On Lake Texoma Shore
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Texas DNR were called to Leland to the report of a giant squid which had washed ashore. Texas DNR Marine Biologist Dr. Debra Polowotski arrived at West Burns Run and confirmed the 21 foot-long giant squid to be a very rare fresh-water species of genus Architeuthis. “We thought they were already in Lake Sam Houston, we had no idea they were in Lake Texoma. This is first time there’s been an actual specimen recovered, so this is very exciting”, she said. It is believed that a few of the squid escaped from the Sea World complex during Hurricane Ike in 2008 when they were very young, and somehow made it into Lake Sam Houston. According to Dr. Polowotski, the squid must have been plucked from the water by a Tornado. You have to remember that this is a very big animal”, she said. Dr. Polotwotski also confirmed that the squid is a female and further examination of the corpse indicated that it had recently laid eggs. “Hopefully the Texaoma Catfish can keep the tiny-giant squid population under control, else there is some cause for concern”, said Dr. Polowotski. “Boaters and swimmers really need to exercise some caution”. The animal was discovered by Bob Ritchie and his sister Jill, both of Cartright. “We were just, you know, taking an evening walk along the beach, heading out to the sandbar when we stumbled across it”, said Bob. “We were singing, drinking whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow. But something like this really does make you stop and think”, he said. DNR officials removed the animal from the beach and took it to an undisclosed location for further study.
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