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Squid squad

squid squad n.

A team of biologists and other scientists that researches the squid.

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Example Citations
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The giant squid has consumed the imaginations of many oceanographers.
How could something so big and powerful remain unseen for so long-or
be less understood than dinosaurs, which died out millions of years
ago? The search for a living specimen has inspired a fevered
competition. For decades, teams of scientists have prowled the high
seas in the hope of glimpsing one. These "squid squads" have in
recent years invested millions of dollars and deployed scores of
submarines and underwater cameras, in a struggle to be first.
--David Grann, "The Squid Hunter," The New Yorker, May 24, 2004



It's hard to believe in 1997, but there is an animal lurking in many
dark and spooky places around the world that can grow longer than a
bus but has never been seen alive by man. ... But the giant squid is
real, and Dr. Clyde F. E. Roper of the Smithsonian Institution is
likely to be one of the first humans to see it in its natural
habitat.

Now 59, Roper has worked for more than 30 years at the Smithsonian,
joined by Dr. Michael Sweeney and Dr. Michael Vecchione. Together,
they call themselves the "Squid Squad."
--Frank D. Roylance, "In search of the giant squid," The Baltimore
Sun, April 19, 1997

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Earliest Citation
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A giant squid equipped with natural blue-green lights on two of its
arms is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution -- just to
show, a researcher says, that "weird things actually exist."

Research Mike Vecchione is part of the museum's "squid squad," a team
of scientists that researches the 10-armed denizens of the deep and
maintains a collection of 100,000 preserved squids and related sea
creatures.
--Randolph E. Schmid, "Smithsonian Exhibits Squid: Because Weird
Things Actually Exist," The Associated Press, May 26, 1994

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pescetarian:
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