A Conversation for Weird Animals


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Just a point about the "sucker marks" on whales. It is true that sperm whales and giant squid (not octopuses) are known to fight and that whales with hundreds of squid beaks in their stomachs have been caught, however the dinner-plate sized marks are a myth. The largest squid suckers are only 2' to 3' across, the larger rings were actually fungal growths, i.e. giant ring worm. This was made worse by a misprint in a book which got the ' mixed up with the " for the caption under a photo and claimed that the scars were 1' across rather than 1", somewhat Spinal Tap in a way.

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