First photograph of an entire giant squid
Last updated: September 4, 2017 at 1:03 am
1873 – Rev. Dr. Moses Harvey (1820-1901) took a photo of an entire giant squid in his bathtub in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Rev. Dr. Moses Harvey was a prolific author of articles on Newfoundland and Labrador. He was particularly well known for his writings on the giant squid (a.k.a. devil fish). The eight-metre (27 ft) giant squid was caught in a fisherman’s net in Logy Bay. The carcass was sent to Yale University where it was used to publish the world’s first accurate description and illustrations of the giant squid.
Newfoundland was still a colony of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1873.
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