Over 10 episodes, Robson will be challenged with achieving the highest accolade in fishing, the near impossible, ‘Grand Slam'. This is the term the International Game Fishing Association uses when anglers catch three or more different species in 24 hours.
Robson will travel the world attempting the Grand Slam in 10 different locations, including Cuba, Costa Rica, Michigan, Miami, Florida, Alaska, Senegal and San Diego. He will also meet with some of the most enthusiastic fishermen on the planet, as well as local fishing legends, who will give him the best tips and tricks to help him hook the Grand Slam title.
Viewers will see him battle against temperature, tides and ever-changing weather, as he races against the clock to try and secure his place in the record books.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Robson Green: Grand Slam Fishing - List of giant squid specimens and sightings - Netflix
This list of giant squid specimens and sightings is a comprehensive timeline of recorded human encounters with members of the genus Architeuthis, popularly known as giant squid. It includes animals that were caught by fishermen, found washed ashore, recovered (in whole or in part) from sperm whales and other predatory species, as well as those reliably sighted at sea. The list also covers specimens incorrectly assigned to the genus Architeuthis in original descriptions or later publications. Tales of giant squid have been common among mariners since ancient times, but the animals were long considered mythical, and often associated with the kraken of Nordic legend (Rees, 1949; Salvador & Tomotani, 2014). Scientific acceptance did not materialise until specimens became available to zoologists in the second half of the 19th century, beginning with the formal naming of Architeuthis dux by Japetus Steenstrup in 1857, from fragmentary Bahamian material collected two years earlier (#14 on this list; Steenstrup, 1857:183; validated in Harting, 1860:11). The giant squid came to public prominence in 1861 when the French corvette Alecton encountered a live animal at the surface (#18) while navigating near Tenerife. A report of the incident filed by the ship's captain (Bouyer, 1861) was almost certainly seen by Jules Verne and adapted by him for the description of the monstrous squid in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Ellis, 1998a:79). The giant squid's existence was established beyond doubt only in the 1870s, with the appearance of an extraordinary number of complete specimens—both dead and alive—in Newfoundland waters (Earle, 1977). These were meticulously documented in a series of papers by Yale zoologist Addison Emery Verrill (Coe, 1929:36; G.E. Verrill, 1958:69). The earliest known photographs of the giant squid were of two of these Newfoundland specimens, both from 1873: first a single severed tentacle—hacked off a live animal as it “attacked” a fishing boat (#28; Murray, 1874b:121)—and weeks later an intact animal in two parts (#29); the head and limbs of this latter specimen were famously shown draped over the sponge bath of Moses Harvey, a local clergyman, essayist, and amateur naturalist (Aldrich, 1987:109; Frank, 2014). Harvey secured and reported widely on both of these important specimens—as well as numerous others—and it was largely through his efforts that giant squid became known to North American and British zoologists (Aldrich, 1987:115). Recognition of Architeuthis as a real animal led to the reappraisal of earlier reports of gigantic tentacled sea creatures, with some of these subsequently being accepted as records of giant squid, the earliest stretching back to at least the 17th century (Ellis, 1994a:379, 1998a:257; Sweeney & Roper, 2001). For a time in the late 19th century almost every major specimen of which material was saved was described as a new species. In all, some twenty species names were coined (Sweeney & Young, 2003). However, there is no widely agreed basis for distinguishing between the named species, and both morphological and genetic data point to the existence of a single, globally distributed species, which according to the principle of priority must be known by the earliest available name: Architeuthis dux (Aldrich, 1991:474; Förch, 1998:93; Winkelmann et al., 2013; Guerra et al., 2013). It is not known why giant squid become stranded on shore, but it may be because the distribution of deep, cold water where they live is temporarily altered. Marine biologist and Architeuthis specialist Frederick Aldrich proposed that there may be a periodicity to the strandings around Newfoundland, and based on historical data suggested an average interval between mass strandings of some 30 years. Aldrich used this value to correctly predict a relatively small stranding event between 1964 and 1966 (Aldrich, 1967a, 1968). Although strandings continue to occur sporadically throughout the world, few have been as frequent as those in Newfoundland in the late 19th century. A notable exception was a 15-month period between 2014 and 2015, during which an unprecedented 57 specimens were recorded from Japanese waters (Kubodera et al., 2016). Despite the total number of recorded giant squid specimens now running into the hundreds, the species remains notoriously elusive and little known. By the turn of the 21st century, the giant squid remained one of the few truly large extant megafauna to have never been photographed alive, either in the wild or in captivity. Marine writer and artist Richard Ellis described it as “the most elusive image in natural history” (Ellis, 1998a:211). A number of expeditions were mounted around this time with the aim of capturing footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat, but all were unsuccessful. They included Smithsonian-backed expeditions to Kaikoura Canyon off New Zealand in 1997 and 1999 (the former covered by National Geographic; Allen, 1997; McCarey & Rubin, 1998), both led by giant squid expert Clyde Roper, and the latter also involving Steve O'Shea (Roper et al., 1997; Roper et al., 1999). A couple of years later, in 2001, O'Shea succeeded in capturing the first footage of a live giant squid when he caught and filmed several paralarval individuals in captivity (Baird, 2002). This milestone was followed by the first images of a live adult giant squid (at the surface) on 15 January 2002 (#442; [Anonymous], 2002b; O'Shea, 2003f). Another unsuccessful attempt to film a live giant squid in the wild was made off the Spanish coast of Asturias in September 2002, led by Ángel Guerra (Sitges, 2003; Guerra, 2013). It was only on 30 September 2004 that a live giant squid was photographed in its natural deep-water habitat, off the Ogasawara Islands, by Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori (#466; Kubodera & Mori, 2005; Kubodera, 2010:25). Kubodera and his team, again working off the Ogasawara Islands, subsequently became the first to film a live adult giant squid on 4 December 2006 (#473; [Reuters], 2007; Kubodera, 2010:38), and the first to film a live giant squid in its natural habitat in July 2012 (#507; [NHK], 2013a, b; Widder, 2013). Since then, live giant squid have been photographed and filmed at the surface on a number of occasions, mostly in Japanese waters (#519, 523, 545, and 550), but also off Spain (#552) and South Africa (#553).
Robson Green: Grand Slam Fishing - Scope and inclusion criteria - Netflix
Purported sightings of giant squid lacking both physical and documentary evidence and expert appraisal (the most dubious tending towards “big fish stories”) are generally excluded, with the exception of those appearing in the lists of Ellis (1994a:379–384), Ellis (1998a:257–265), or Sweeney & Roper (2001). Excluded but nonetheless noteworthy supposed sightings of gigantic squids (Architeuthis or otherwise) are covered in a separate article, together with purported specimens for which there is scant evidence or which are otherwise doubtful (on account, for example, of their reported extreme size or implausible anatomy). The earliest records of very large squid date to classical antiquity, and the writings of Aristotle and Pliny the Elder (Muntz, 1995; Ellis, 1998a:11). But in the absence of detailed descriptions or surviving remains, it is not possible to assign these to the giant squid genus Architeuthis with any confidence, and they are therefore not included in this list. The earliest specimens identifiable as true giant squid are generally accepted to be ones from the early modern period in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries (Ellis, 1994a:379, 1998a:257; Sweeney & Roper, 2001). All developmental stages from hatchling to mature adult are included. In the literature there is a single anecdotal account of a giant squid “egg case” (Gudger, 1953:199; Lane, 1957:129; Ellis, 1994a:144), but this is excluded due to a lack of substantiating evidence. Indirect evidence of giant squid (such as sucker scars found on sperm whales) falls outside the scope of this list. Specimens misassigned to the genus Architeuthis in print publications or news reports are also included, but are clearly highlighted as misidentifications.
The list includes records of giant squid (genus Architeuthis) either supported by a physical specimen (or parts thereof) or—in the absence of any saved material—where at least one of the following conditions is satisfied: the specimen was examined by an expert prior to disposal and thereby positively identified as a giant squid; a photograph or video recording of the specimen was taken, on the basis of which it was assigned to the genus Architeuthis by a recognised authority; or the record was accepted as being that of a giant squid by a contemporary expert or later authority (whether due to the perceived credibility of the source, the verisimilitude of the account, or for any other reason).
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