20,000 leagues under the sea - please post steps/kms/miles recorded for last week (Tues 22 - Mon 28 Mar)

20,000 leagues under the sea - please post steps/kms/miles recorded for last week (Tues 22 - Mon 28 Mar)

Dear Seafarers

This is the second week of our challenge. Last week we achieved 3,600 kms, which is fantastic. I'm hoping for more this week as new seafarers come on board the submarine - just watch out for the octopus 😄😄😄

For me the latter part of the week was introducing my daughter to more friends and family so less opportunity for walking. I managed in total 35kms.

How did everyone do?

See you in the submarine 😊😊😊

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  • Good Morning Under Water World!

    Busy week moving onwards and downwards into the beautiful briny sea, for me :)

    Voyager = 23.4

    Hermes = 17.3

    Enterprise = 4.1

    Total km this week 44.8

    Average = 6.4 per day but Voyager only arrived on thursday.

  • Fantastic Hud! Wow, you really went for it with Voyager! I can't wait to see what you manage to clock up this week! :)

    Your post reminded me of this :)

  • That's me lol  Bobbing along at the bottom of the beautiful briny sea because I don't float :(  Honest, considering my first career choice sinking not swimming it was an odd career to pick.   I can swim but it takes loads of effort to stay on the surface and I have this habit of inhaling when water touches my face.  Not good, I always have a giant rubber ring when I go in the sea.

  • That shows that your body weight isn't made up of fat, I'm the opposite, I bob around like a cork! :D

  • And me!!! Lol 😂😂😂

  • Lol I wish, I think my fat is solid rock around the middle its been there that long.  I wish I could bob about its so embarrasing having a giant barbie pink bathing ring .... NOT... I love it lol because I turn it into a paddle boat using the rope and just bimble around for ages. 

    Getting out can be, interesting ;)   People just think I am really confident and could not give a .... what anyone thinks.  Maybe 4 years ago, but it's coming back, I am coming back, time for a new pink barbie giant ring :)

  • Go Hud! You rock! :)

  • me too!

  • Lol! What are we all like?! :D

  • OK, I think I know that Voyager is a new rowing machine?  But what are the others?  I love that you have named them!  Also, well done on a great week!

  • Enterprise is the treadmill

    Hermes is a pedometer

    Voyager is a torture machine called an air bike, it can be a spinner, a bike or a sort of crosstrainer.  I can only get up to about 30k per hour with my arms on the moving lever things, but now I can spin without holding them and without altering it at 46kmph.  So only doing 1-2 min max then a 1 min cool down, so never get that far but by golly a few reps of that and your heart get a good work out ;)  I have no idea how people can do spinning for an hour.

  • Oooh-err, it sounds complicated (and hard)!  I bet you will manage to increase quite quickly now that you are so much fitter. 

  • Good morning 

    My steps for the week are 53676 plus swimming 700 metres 

    Hoping to keep this up as I am doing the 5x50 challenge as well 😊

  • Good going Anna, that's a total of 40.96K's and a daily average of 5.85Ks :)

    Oh, well done for doing the 5 x 50 challenge, I'm sure you'll be able to keep your average going for it :)

  • Struggled this morning but just done 30 minutes on my cycle-machine and 15 minutes of stretches😊 Feeling pleased with myself! Take that you 900grsm gain!!!

  • Woohoo Anna, you're on a roll! Kick those grams in the proverbial! ;)

  • Well done! I barely manage 5 minutes of stretching. 

  • Wow, that is excellent, Anna.  I must check out this 5x50 challenge, I am intrigued!

  • LotToLose- you commit to doing one of several,options every day for 50 days :)  hubby walking 5 k, I don't always manage that but I am doing another option where you do (at least) 30 minutes exercise every day, takes me up to the day before I go on holiday so perfect timing 😊  There is a minimum donation of £5 to register. 

    Good luck! 😊

  • Thanks Anna, that sounds good, I like that you choose your activity and that the £5 goes to charity (I think) the website is down at the mo, but I think I will join when it is working again.

  • Good morning FizzyLiz, I'm glad you had an enjoyable Easter. I bet Little Miss Fizz had a fun time too. 

    My stats are as follows, mostly work and doggie walking

    125680steps, 86.4kms for the week 👍

  • My calculations are even better than yours Bu-dog, I make your total 94.26K's and your daily average 13.47K's! Fantastic! :)

  • I knew you'd keep me right Moreless. Bless you xx

  • I have all my crewmates best interests at heart Bu-dog :)

  • Gosh, that is loads, Budog, you must have one very healthy dog!

  • Thank you LTL, the dog is loving this healthy lifestyle. My steps will be up a bit in the summer months as my job involves a fair bit of walking 😉

  • Good Morning FizzyLiz

    I had a slow start to the week, returning from a "walking holiday" I didn't feel like walking any more, but picked back up towards the end of the week.

    I walked 92.97km and spent 2h16 minutes on the cross trainer. According to the cross trainer's computer that equates to 50.9km (I believe it calculates like a bike as it has a flywheel...). So that's a total of 131.47km, up by around 2km on last week.

    Hoping to get to 150km this week...

  • 🤗 wow, great number Foodie👍

  • Woohoo Foodie! That's a fandabedozy total, considering you didn't want to walk and 2hs 16mins on a cross-trainer deserves a medal!! :)

    You have a brill daily average of 18.78K's! :)

  • Is it a shiny one? And do all my little rubber duckies get one as well? 

    Changing my routine to get back on track. Where I usually did 2-3x 20-30 minutes on the cross trainer and I want to aim to doing 45 minutes 1-2 times a day. Managed yesterday, about 350 kcal in one session, not bad going I'd say, that's breakfast worked off :)

    We'll see if I manage 2x45 minutes today. So far only had a walk.

  • Oh it's very shiny! ;)

    Were the rubber duckies on the cross-trainer with you, or did you leave them in the bath, clocking up watery K's for you? ;)

  • They are attached to my ankle, so no one gets lost, they go where I go, we can't afford losing participants!

    Even my cat "enjoys" the cross trainer, he will sit on one of the pedals every now and again and every time he does, I'll give it a little push, so funny seeing going up and down, not sure he enjoys it as much as I do...

  • You don't recognise you and your ducks here, do you? ;)

  • LOL!  About a minute in, the big one in the pool, that's us... ;)

    I don't want to know how you always find these things...

  • I had a feeling that might be you ;) :D

    No, you definitely don't want to know :D

  • Gulp!  That is amazing - I like the sound of a walking holiday!

  • You're welcome to join me next time ;) - although the next one might be a bit too far away for you...

    I spent a long weekend in the lake district (the weekend before all the kids got off school...), lovely walks around there and if you plan well you may even be able to avoid the mountains ;)

  • 51.2km this week including 35.1k of running : )

  • That's impressive! Do you count steps too, as I'm sure you must do more walking than running! ☺

  • I do count steps but only on my phone pedometer so not round-the-house steps and I don't think it's very accurate anyway. That said, I'm in an office all day and I don't walk nearly enough.

  • Yaaaay Garfield! Fabby running! :) That's a daily average of 7.31K's! :)

  • I am impressed with your amount of running, that seems like a lot in one week to newbie me!

  • Don't be fooled. It was spread over four runs and I am *very* slow : ) I completed c25k on a treadmill and I'm really struggling to make the transition to outside so I have a real admiration for anyone at any stage of the journey - it's really hard sometimes isn't it? Well done for starting!!

  • Thanks Garfield - I am incredibly slow too, but we have to start somewhere, speed comes later down the line, so I hear.

    Best of luck transitioning to outside, it is more challenging, but also very rewarding.

  • Rather too much time in harbour! Did 32km all in - need get out more this week! I pledge!

  • We all need a dry dock and our barnacles scrubbed Frankie! ;) You still managed a daily average of 4.57K's! :)

  • Ooh haven't had my barnacles scrubbed in awhile! 😜😏

  • Oh well, you can go to the front of the queue then! :D

  • Arrr, you land-lubber, you!  Still, 32kms is pretty respectable in my book.  Arrr.

  • Total steps last week were 63408. Also did 6km in gym without fitbit on. Hope everyone had a good Easter.

  • That's a total of 53.56K's Saga and a spiffing daily average of 7.65K's. Well done you! :)

    My Easter was lovely thank you, I hope yours was too :)

  • That is a grand total, Saga and I am glad you were able to record the gym kms too!

  • Thanks - these challenges keep me positive!

  • Good morning,

    Not a good week for me. Still suffering with groin strain. 

    I managed to walk   24 Km ! This week  

    Fingers crossed this week will be better. 

  • Ouch MW!! Poor you! :(

    Well done for still managing to walk 24K's, for a daily average of 3.43K's :)

  • We need an "unlike" button for the strain! Good going, considering the injury as well. :) 

    Hope you feel better this week.

  • Ouch!  I am sorry about the strain, that is a nuisance and I hope it recovers soon.  All things considered, 24kms is pretty good.

  • Morning all - 

    78.66 k - almost half of last week's distance. This is because . (I) I increased resistances but reduced distance in the spinning class and (2) I spent the Easter weekend painting  the kitchen - great fun, definitely a fantastic work out:  bending, stretching, lifting things but no distance traveled. 

    looking forward to reading everyones accounts this evening.


  • That is still a fab total and 11.24K average Gonti! :)

    Wow, you must be so strong and toned! I'm in awe! :)

  • Well done on all the extra hard work, even if it isn't recorded as kms, your body will benefit.  You remind me, I have to paint my bathroom soon..

  • Morning All,

    Really pleased as I achieved more this week, 70273 steps which is 47.78km. Will aim for 50km this week.

    Merrymanda :)

  • I'm about to perform a miracle merrymanda! :) In the interest of fairness, we calculate everyone's steps the same, therefore, abracadabra, your total is..................52.70K's!! :D You'll need to aim for 55K's this week now! :D

  • Gotta love a miracle!

    So, moreless shall I just give my steps in future and let you convert to Kms for me?

    Merrymanda :)

  • Either just post your steps, or multiply them by 0.00075 :)

    Glad you liked my miracle! :)

  • I'll give that a go next time, thanks :)

  • Excellent kms this week, MerryManda, I am sure you will smash that 50 next week!

  • Good morning aquatic athletes!! This week I got out with my girls in the buggy, everyday come rain or shine so we managed to clock up 73,469 steps which, according to my watch, equates to 58.91kms. I'd quite like to double that this week… watch this space 😄

  • Oops, sorry Bluewings, I'm about to do the opposite to you, than I did to merrymanda! I'm afraid, by our calculations, your steps equate to 55.1K's, so sorry about that :o That still gives you a splendid daily average of 7.86K's :)

    I've got my pom poms out to cheer you and the girls on this week! :)

  • Oh no!! Gutted, ah well, I'll still try and double it. What's the equation we should use to get the correct Kim's?

  • Steps x 0.00075 =

    73,469 x 0.00075 = 55.10K 

    Sorry to have been the bearer of bad news :( but at least it's not as much to double! :)

  • Hahahahaaaaaaaa, that was my first thought too 😂😂

  • Great minds! :D

  • I am sure the outings in wet weather should count as triple, LOL!  Nevertheless, great result this week and good luck on increasing next week, Bluewings!

  • Hi FizzyLiz, permission to come aboard? Not a great week for me I'm afraid due to injures 😞 30930 steps. Never mind I'm back on track now! It sounds like things are going great with little miss fizz! 😊😊😉

  • Good grief JP, I didn't expect you to be able to manage anything! That's a 23.2K total and an average of 3.3K's! Wtg you! :)

  • Yeah not bad, but I hardly did any walking for two days! I've just got in and I got soaked! Not a good day here! 😉

  • Oh heck, that happened to me on sunday! :o

  • Sorry about the injuries, but well done for managing 30930 steps anyway.  I am glad you are back on track, even if you did get soaked!

  • I've been working out my base-line this week, so not a lot of extra walking. 26.25km over the week.

    I forgot my pedometer on thursday, so used my minimum step count again to estimate steps taken that day (it was a day in the office), I also forgot my pedometer for a bit of walking yesterday.

    I got the easter clear out bug, and was surprised to see how few steps I took with that - a whole 4 hours on my feet cooking, dishwashing and clearing out 3 hall cupboards added to 100 steps! But I must have burned calories lifting...

  • Well done Cooper, that gives you a daily average of 3.75K's :)

    All that clearing out for 100 steps??!! You were ripped off! :o

  • Well done on both the kms and the clear-out, Cooper, you are right, a lot of calories must have been burned, with tidy cupboards to boot!

  • 52.3 km walked 6km swam :) not as much swimming as last week and away on holiday this week on Friday so will likely be even less! Have a super week everyone :) 

  • That's a total of 70.3K's Cazmaz and a daily average of 10.04K's, which is smashing :)

    I hope you have a terrific time in France, I shall look forward to hearing all about it :)

  • Really good Kms this week anyway, have a great holiday!

  • Was hoping to average more than 10k per day, which I managed by adding in a couple of cycle rides. 75.51km for me. Hopefully will manage lots of steps this week as it's school holidays!

  • Yaaay Phil, wtg you! :) A very nice daily average of 10.79K's, which is almost 11K's/day........maybe for next tuesday?? :)

  • Thanks, I'll make that the week's challenge!

  • Good for you! :)

  • You did great and enjoy the holidays, I hope the weather is good and you get out loads!

  • Hi all,

    This week  62.4km a bit down on last week but Sunday was a dud day !!

    Next week pledge to beat that !! No pressure there then 😃

    Hope you all have a lovely week.


  • Hiya Flossie, I haven't seen much of you recently. I hope you had a great Easter and that sunday was only a dud as far as exercise went :)

    You still managed a very healthy 8.91K average and I have no doubt you'll improve on that this week :)

  • Hi moreless,

    Had massive problems accessing the site, have been able to read posts but not reply, very frustrating miss you all 😃 Again I get so far then page sticks !!

    Still chugging along so hoping will be back soon

    Hubby has checked iPad and it's working fine so must be site ???

    Take care I know you are still doing good


  • Oh no! That's what happened to me! It's so frustrating! Have you reported it to the tech team? They need to know about these things, so that they can sort them out, especially as it's a problem specific to you.

    I shall keep everything crossed for you to be back with us soon :)

  • Not sure how to ??


  • Click on help, at the top of your screen and to the right of the notification bell.

    In the box, type "technical fault"

    Click on "what do I do if I have a technical fault?"

    Click on "help centre" (in blue)

    Fill out the email

    Hope this helps Flossie :)

  • Thanks moreless xx


  • Good luck! :)

  • We missed you Flossie.  Sorry you weren't able to do any replies.  Hope it gets better - like moreless said, if you report it they will be able to hopefully help sort it out.  I know they have been back working on glitches again as of today.  :-)

  • Thanks Lowcal,

    It seems I can like, and I've worked out tonight as long as don't make a mistake and have to backtrack or use a smiley face it seems ok !!!

    So no smiley faces ! Lol.


  • You just did one!  :-)

  • One at the end seems to work 

    Or not !!!

  • That is still great, though!  I found my time to spend on exercise a bit limited this weekend, too, but hey-ho, just one of those things.

  • Ahoy me hearties!

    What an exciting week for the Fizzy Family and little Miss Fizz!

    So this week... 52.6km.

    Walking: 31.2 km average 4.5km, 0.7km less than last week average.

    Cycling: 21.4 km average 3.1km, 2.2km more than last wks average

    Total: 52.6km, daily average 7.5km, 0.2 km more than last wks average.

    Looking to increase this this week with both walking and cycling. 😊

    Well done everyone! X

    P.S. loving the challenge and the fact it is weekly, all the push and challenge with less daily commitment. Just a wee thing... next challenge could we go Monday to Sunday please?😀 Fits with weigh in and fitbit.😀😀 saves my simple mind from taking away one Monday and adding another! 

  • Asics, I love you! You've done all the maths for me and saved my poor shrivelled brain! :D

    All numbers fab and set to become fabber! ;)

    The reason the challenge is on a tuesday, is because my commitment to the monday weigh-in, means I wouldn't be able to devote my time to the challenge and that would make me an unhappy Henrietta :)

  • I gotcha! 😊

  • Not only that but we put the site under enough strain on a Monday, with our weigh-ins, heh-heh!  I think it would fall over completely with this one as well.

  • Ahh, be still my beating heart - I love all the stats!

    I calculate mine from Monday to Sunday anyway, LOL!

  • Good morning everyone in underwater world

    Not a good week for me as I think a shark came up and bit my foot or it feels like it anyway so not much walking for me. I only managed 40,743 steps this week. Hoping my foot gets better quickly as I feel like Dory at the moment swimming in circles, but I'll "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" 🐋🐳🐟😀 

  • Oh dear Shortcake, that doesn't sound good! So you have no idea what happened to your foot then? :(

    Well done for managing to hobble 30.56K's this week, which averages out to 4.37K's/day :)

  • Thanks moreless I have no idea what's happened to it waiting to see Dr as can't get in till nest week. Had some lumps come on the side of my foot by my instep and every bit of pressure is really painful so not much walking/hobbling atm, hopefuLlysfaen get it sorted soon. 

  • Yikes, that sounds nasty! Why don't you go to your local A&E? You could get it seen to quicker and, chances are, it's going to need X rays anyway.

  • Thank you its not an emergency so I thought I'd leave it to the Dr's for now just didn't think I'd have to wait this long though. If it's gets any worse I will be straight up there x

  • The thing is Shortcake, you don't want to leave it to become an emergency and, as far as I'm concerned, if it's stopping you from walking and is as painful as that, it is an emergency!

    You take care :)

  • Oh no, Shortcake, what a nuisance for you :(

    I hope it gets better too and that you can stop being Dory!

  • Thank you x

  • Good morning everyone - hope those Easter eggs have not been too tempting;)

    Not a good week for me,  no cycling - work commitments did not allow it, Thursday forgot my fitbit - though I was a volunteer at a charity function in the evening which involved a lot of walking but it was not logged.  Then disaster struck - I slipped on a staircase and have hurt my knee so very little exercise has happened over the last 3 days.  It seems to be on the mend so will soon be back to my cycling and walking very soon.

    Last weeks figures are 19.01 km which means just a daily average of 2.71km.

    Happy Easter everyone:)

  • Oh dear Gill, what a catalogue of disasters! Things can only get better! :)

    Thanks for doing the maths for me :)

  • Argh, that sounds painful, Gill, I am glad it wasn't seriously damaged and that it is improving, phew.  Good luck for a better week next week!

  • Last week I was ill and didn't record anything.

    This week has been my birthday bash week so I've recorded nothing...

    I'm not very good at this am I :P

  • ...but it will be easy to do better this week!! Good luck ☺

  • I hope your birthday's going well, old man, but of course, you do realise that we'll be expecting 3 weeks worth of K's next tuesday, don't you?! :D

    Happy Birthday! :)

  • Happy Birthday, Steve!

    I am glad you are better, so I expect great results from you for next week!

  • Happy Birthday ScoobaSteve!!!!! :-)

  • Thanks everyone :)

  • Happy birthday :)

  • Hi everyone.

    I've had a slower week than last week. Think I managed about half of last week.

    Total walking tracked by fitbit is: 36.51km. Daily average 5.22km.

    I pledge to do better for the coming week.

  • You've still had a perfectly good week Carpo. We all need to slow down at times :) 

  • Thank you Moreless.

    Don't feel like I slowed down though really, but instead of walking loads I spent a lot of time in the house cleaning and tidying and also in the garden getting it all ready for spring. Feel knackered, lol.

  • Oh crumbs, that's no good Carpo, you'd better book into a dry dock for some barnacle scrubbing! :D

  • That is still pretty darn good, Carpo - I think Easter socialising seems to have got in the way for many of us.  Good luck for a great week ahead!

  • Well Easter's done and dusted and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did :)

    I bet your family and friends fell in love with our little Miss Fizz instantly FizzyLiz, how could they not? :)

    Well done for your K's too, a daily average of 5K's is very respectable :)

    My scores this week are:

    Walking - 76.44K

    Cycling - 58.6K

    Rowing - 4.96K

    Total - 140K's

    Average - 20K's :)

    I know that normally we pledge to increase our averages, but whilst I'll always do my best for the challenge, it's very likely that my totals may, in fact, decrease, as I work on my optimum levels of exercise and intensity, for maximum weight loss too. Gosh, that sounds a bit highbrow, which is not like me at all! :D :D

    Great effort everybody, keep up the good work! :)  

  • Wow wow wow and you managed 4.96 on the rower. I guess not all in one session?

    And as for decreasing - you need do what is right for you to boost your weight loss 😊😊

  • Definitely not all one session on the rower, my max, so far, is 1/2K! :D

    Thanks for understanding :)

  • You always amaze me, Moreless and I totally understand what you mean about optimising your exercise.  I gather HIIT training is the way to go for weight loss!

  • That's exactly what MarmiteRehoming said, so I need to look into it. Unfortunately there are no classes at my nearest sports centre :(

    It'll have to be a do-it-yourself job! :D

  • Mine is a DIY job - I just incorporate some 1-minute fast intervals - probably about 3 or 4 in a 20 minute workout and that keeps the heart-rate up to the maximum fat-burning zone, apparently.  Give it a try and best of luck, Moreless!

  • I will, thanks! :)

  • I second that triple Wow, Moreless - you're kms are amazing!!!! :-)

  • Thanks Lowcal :)

  • Morning all,

    Hope we all had a great easter! Well i did improve on last week but not quite the double i promised but will increase next week as im doing the 5x50 challenge so that will help. So this week i did 28.61km walking and 19.90km cycling so a total of 48.51km.

  • Well done kars, don't worry, we've got lots of week ahead of us, to make improvements :)

    You still managed a daily average of 6.93K's :)

  • It was a lovely Easter, thank you!  I am waiting for the site to be back up again and I will join you with the 5x50 challenge.  It will be interesting to see how it changes our stats!

  • Exciting times for you all FizzyLiz. Hope Everyone has had a lovely Easter Break. My kms are 24.08. The Octopus picture is very dramatic hope we dont meet this one!

  • I had a smashing Easter, thanks Marianne. I hope you did too :)

    Your daily average is 3.44K's, very well done! :)

    Look out Marianne, be on your guard!

  • The octopus is scaring me a little too!  Hope you had a great Easter as well, mine was lovely.  You had a great week and I hope the next one is even better!

  • Oh moreless, that was funny, tough old thing, like rubber trying to chop it and its in-out mouth, Ive had a good old laugh, thanks. Mx

  • It's all about the laughs Marianne! :D

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  • Gosh, I am dim, I didn't even know that squid and octopuses were different!

  • I wasn't sure which the 20,000 league monster was, so I thought I'd hedge my bets! :D

  • Heh-heh, very wise!

  • They taste the same when steamed and  doused in olive oil and lemon...

  • Hello all,

    Hope this morning has found you all in fine fettle (ship shape and Bristol fashion even). 😃

    This week I have managed to clock up 49,324 steps (up almost 10,000 on the previous week). I can't pledge to do more, but will try to keep up this number, no access to gym equipment and probably too old to start to start anyway! But walking and dancing and yoga I can do 😃

    Anyone seen a mermaid yet? 🚣🏻 Row, row row your boat... Sorry, getting carried away there, can't row under water. Love coral reefs and colourful fishes 🐠🐠🐠

    By the way FizzyLiz, who's in the galley cooking for us as we make our way to the depths? In my day it would have been someone like Gregory Peck, oh well, back to my rocking chair ... 🌊🌊🌊


  • Woohoo Mouse! What a fantastic total, you've excelled yourself! :)

    That's 36.99K's and a daily average of 5.28K's! If you can keep that up, we'll be thrilled! :)

    Gregory heard you were a big fan Mouse and sent this for you :)

  • There seems to be an error Moreless, I can't access Gregory ... Oh well, it's back to Howard Keel (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, my all time favourite film).

  • Sorry Mouse, try now! :)

  • Oh yes, lovely thanks Moreless. In 'The Big Country' his face shows character (more succinctly he looks careworn), my kinda man (and to match my kinda face haha) 😄😄

  • LOL Mouse!! :D

  • LOL Mouse, you are funny!  I am sure you are not too old to do whatever you want to do.  Great to see you managed to increase this week, that is very good as the Easter weekend seems to have scuppered a few of our salty crew!



    Colossal Squid Facts – Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni 


    The eyes of the Colossal squid are larger than that of any other creature on Earth. It is also known as the largest species of squid in the world. It can be up to 46 feet in length. This also classifies it as the largest known invertebrate out there as well.

    The ends of the tentacles also feature extremely sharp hooks. They also have a longer mantle than most types of squid out there. The females are much larger in size than the males. They also have a beak that is much larger than any other squid. They are often mistake for the giant squid due to the many similarities. Looking at the size of the beak though is a great way to tell them apart.


    In the colder waters is where you will find the Colossal Squid. They can be found along Antarctica, New Zealand, and even some areas of Africa. However, the habitat of it is extremely remote which makes it very difficult to observe them in a natural setting.

    The tend to live in the deeper regions of these areas too. They are more than 1,000 feet below the surface. Even with advanced types of technology it is hard to observe their natural behaviors there. The offspring though tend to be closer to the surface so their movements are easier to track.


    There isn’t much at all known about this type of squid. Therefore it is hard to guess what their actual behaviours are. It is believed that they are loners in the water and that they eat large volumes of food daily.

    It is believed that they often fight Sperm Whales when they are going to be eaten by them. This is based on various types of scars on the backs of these whales. The injuries are consistent with the design of the hooks on the tentacles of the squid.


    Diet /Feeding 

    Due to their enormous size, the Colossal Squid consumes a big volume of large fish out there. They are very powerful so they don’t have any trouble capturing and consuming these large fish. They are able to chew of chunks that they can swallow and it can take them several minutes to consume one large fish that they have successfully captured.


    The Colossal Squid is one of the few species where the males have a penis for reproduction. However, the actual reproduction process has never actually been observed to be certain of what that process entails. Even the courtship of this species of squid isn’t known.


    The only known predator of the Colossal Squid is the Sperm Whale. This is confirmed due to them being found inside of the stomach linings of these animals. There isn’t much that has to be done though for conservation since they are so hard to find in the water. It is believed that there are plenty of them out there though so their numbers aren’t in jeopardy.

    Human interaction

    The first Colossal Squid was identified in 1925. It was found in the stomach of a dead Sperm Whale. It wasn’t until 1981 though that one was actually captured alive in a net. The largest one every captured was recorded in 2007. It took place in New Zealand and weighed almost 1,100 pounds.

    There seems to be a great deal of respect both from fishermen and researchers when it comes to the Colossal Squid. That is why such care it taken with evaluating it. You will find many of them in museums of natural history in these areas as well. This continues to be a species of squid though with plenty of mystery surrounding it.

  • Wow, fascinating!

  • I'm loving all the stuff I'm discovering! Who would even think to look up info on squids and octopuses?? This challenge is definitely opening up my field of vision :)

  • I feel myself growing cleverer and cleverer.  They are amazing creatures.

  • Their intelligence is way beyond mine! :o

  • No, this is simply not true....!

  • are you making this up? !!

  • Lol! I have neither the intelligence, or the imagination, to make all this up Gonti :)

  • sounds like a challenge to me - perhaps we could do a space exploration and you could reward us with descriptions of  the ETs.  Am working stupid hours at the moment but chortling all day thinking of the bemused squid. Right now am hungry enough to "attack and eat a small whale"..!!

  • That sounds like a great idea! I'm thoroughly enjoying all these weird and wonderful facts :D

    Bon appetit! :D

  • Not been too well this week so only managed to walk 15,922 steps.

  • Oh dear Kathy, I'm sorry to hear that :(

    Never mind, you still managed 11.94K's, which is an average of 1.71K's :)

    I hope you'll be feeling much better, very soon :)

  • Sorry you have been poorly Kathy, I hope you are on the mend now!

  • COUCOU everyone 50.8 km 

  • Coucou, prettylady, qui est un grand totale et votre moyenne quotidienne est 7.26K's :)

  • Tres bien Prettylady!

  • Got my target this week. 70.76kms

  • Woohoo henlady, wtg you! That's a daily average of 10.11K's :)

  • YEssssss!  Well done Henlady - pheweee, 10 a day!

  • I have managed to clock up 93 km this week, mainly cross training but a couple of aerobic dvd's too

  • Fantabulous elacol, that's a daily average of 13.29K's! Well done you, especially as you did most of it on that cross-trainer! :)

  • Wow, that is a great total Elacol, I like to mix things up too!

  • You did great, FizzyLiz and I am sure Little Miss Fizzy won the hearts of your friends and family.

    I had a great week, with a good ole mix of everything, totalling up to a respectable 109.68kms.  Still spending a fair bit of time doing unrecorded exercise like strength training and Pilates.  Now I have started the C25K, I hope to see an increase in kms, but it may just mean I spend less time on the static bike, so there might even be a drop, darn it.

    Experimenting with smileys in the hope they have returned:   :) :( :)

  • Fantastic LTL! Your K's are still brilliant AND you're doing all the unrecorded exercise! :)

    We're both experimenting with exercise, but you seem to have a complete handle on the balance between cardio/strength and nutrition, which leads to optimum weight loss. I'm desperately trying to emulate you! :)

    Still no smileys! :'( 

  • To be honest, it is all hopelessly disorganised and I am beginning to feel a bit all over the place with it.  Sticking to a programme is what I should do, but I haven't really figured it all out. 

    One thing that I do that may help you is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and that is short bursts of increased speed, whether it is on the bike, the treadmill or crosstrainer.  Seems to help!

  • Whatever you are doing, is obviously working, because your weight loss is consistently good and your fitness levels are increasing daily.

    I can do hiit on the bike, but don't have access to the other equipment.

    When we get better weather, I could set up some kind of circuit in the garden, but it's too wet and muddy now.

  • Up until very recently (when I started the C25K), I have done it mainly on the bike and think that has helped.  I occasionally do it on the cross trainer, but am a bit lazy in that department.  Hmmm, not tried it on the rowing machine... I wonder....

  • I know I wouldn't be able to do it on the rowing machine! :o

  • I don't think I could, really.  You could do faster walking intervals when out walking, although it might involve that funny bum-waggle that speed walkers do.

  • Wow, that number 704 was a gutsy lady!

    Yes, I could try that. The neighbours would think I'm even pottier than I am now! :D

  • Yeah, I am not sure I would want to go out in public doing that!

  • I look pretty weird when I walk anyway! :D

  • I bet you don't - not as bad as in your head!

  • Hmmmmmm...........let's hope not! :D

  • Hi all :) some fab kms bobbing along!! I haven't quite managed to double last weeks total, but did 111.3 (15.9 daily ave) and Ed did 210.1 (30.01 ave) he keeps moaning and groaning about aches and pains but as soon as I say don't go to the gym/for a run etc he rushes out like the hounds of hell are after him :D 

    Happy travels :)

  • Are you sure Ed's going to the gym Kate, he seems abnormally keen?! ;)

    You two are just absolute stars! :)

  • In my experience.. Nothing else gets him that hot and bothered ;)

  • Maybe he's changed his underwear since then ;)

  • You and Ed are doing brilliantly and LOL at Ed's determination!

  • Haha - he hadn't realised we were on a new challenge!! He's just a hopeless exercise junkie ;)

  • Made a determined effort in the last week. As follow:

    Tues - 7.6k

    Wed 1.5 k

    Thur 1.5

    Fri - 12 k

    Sat 1k

    Sund 6.5

    mon 5k

    Total=appox 40 k - think i have done my sums right...

  • Well done Suzy, your total was a generous approximation, the actual total is 35.1K, which gives you a daily average of 5.01K's. Good for you! :)

  • I added it all up v quickly - and clearly optimistically.  but still good progress from last week:-)

  • I think it's absolutely brilliant! :)

  • Great result this week, Suzy!

  • Hello everyone! 34.6km for me this week :)

  • Hi polleypocket, that's a fab total and gives you a daily average of 4.94K's :)

  • That is really good Polleypocket, good luck for another fabulous week!

  • Wow, I'm totally in awe of some of your km's! I don't think I'll ever get that high, but well done everyone for some amazing distances!

  • Hello,

    26.2km for me please. Slowed down a little after my mammoth 10 mile walk :)

  • I'm not suprised Sueper! I remember my first 6 mile walk.......I was wrecked for the rest of the week! :o

    Great total still though and a daily average of 3.74K's :)

  • Still good, though Sueper - hope you have another successful week this week!

  • Ahoy me hearties. Here's another crew member reporting in with 110.2 km for the week. 25 of that was on my bike yesterday (and don't I feel it today) and 17 km was running. The rest was yomping up French hills. Feel very virtuous this week. Won't be so good next week as I'm now back at work and time is limited. But I hope to pull my weight at the oars of this good ship and make a decent contribution!

    Happy travels!

  • Woohoo JC, you've done brilliantly!  France obviously agreed with you! :)

    You have a daily average of 15.73K's! Fantastic! :)

  • OK, I want to be you!  Up hills, 25k cycle rides, 17, yes 17kms running - I am in awe.  Feel you about work getting in the way of the fun stuff, but the bills have to be paid!  I hope it is a good week, even so, especially as we now have longer evenings to go out in.

  • Aww, thank you! But I'm sure you don't want to be me! You're doing brilliantly yourself. So glad spring is here though. And I'll definitely get my bike out more this year.  Lots of plans - but how to find the time?

  • 54604 steps to add to our total this week me hearties

  • Fantastic Shipmate Sprout, that's a total of 40.95K and a daily average of 5.85K's! :)

  • You are doing brilliantly, Sprout - here's to another excellent week!

  • Hi FizzyLiz, Moreless, LotToLose, & Everyone,

    My kms for this week are a total of 52.35kms - that is all steps and walking.  My gym session was already included in the previous week, but I have been today, so will look forward to including my gym Kms in next week's data.

    Really enjoyed reading everyone's posts, and here's to another great Aquatic Adventure this week.  All those Octupi and Squids - (are they Octupi in plural??? - moreless I'm sure you know the answer to that).

    Lowcal :-)

  • Fantastic total Lowcal, even without your gym K's and gives you a daily average of 7.48K's! :)

    Unusually, the plurals of octopus is a very tongue twisting octopuses, or octopi, or octopodes! :)

  • I am wondering why I thought it was Octupi - sounds a bit like a collection of tupees (i.e. 8 hair pieces) - glad you could set me straight on that one!  :-)  I've learned something new today.  :-)

  • OMG Lowcal, You've set me off again! Tena Lady!! :D :D

  • lol, I knew that would do it...!  I can think of other things to say, but I am going to be good and go and do my Strength exercises now... So I'll leave you in peace.... (until the next time.... ;-)

  • I'm laughing at what you haven't said!!! :D :D :D

  • Excellent numbers, Lowcal and it looks like you are off to a great start for next week, too.

    I now know more about our underwater world than I ever did before, Moreless is very good at marine biology - who knew?

  • very lazy week for me15.5kms. resolve to do better

  • I have a feeling that this week will be very similar for me prawncess! ;)

    2.21K's is the daily average to beat :)

  • Never mind Prawncess, some weeks are just difficult, I hope you have a better week next week, especially now it is spring and our days are getting longer.

  • I managed this week 51,376 steps. Not as good as last week but was on holiday from work and had a couple of lazy days. Hope to bump it up this week 

  • We all deserve a couple of lazy days JU, but you still managed to clock up 38.53K's, which is a daily average of 5.5K's. Good for you! :)

  • We need the odd lazy day, LuvleeJu, so that isn't too bad at all, looking forward to seeing how you do this week!

  • Walked 2 miles yesterday. Will be doing whole week from now.

  • Well done Pog :)

  • That's the ticket, Pog, it suddenly sounds rather impressive when you see the whole week's tally all in one go!

  • Evening all

    Walking 7.6 km

    Swimming 2.6km

    Thank you :)

  • Well done for swimming Pip, those K's are tripled! You have a total of 15.4K's and a daily average of 2.2K's! Off to a good start! :)

  • Awww, I love your swimming piglet picture!  You are doing very well indeed, have a great week this week!

  • 67.85km for the week - mainly just day to day walking but bolstered by plenty of walking to and from train stations :-)

  • That is a great number, Telute, looks like you do a lot of walking!

  • I work in a library so am on my feet all day :-)

  • Woohoo telute, that's a daily average of 9.69K's :)

  • Hi' everyone...this weeek been a long one but got there in end 171-Km running ' walking & gym four times a week.....👟👟

  • That is loads of kms - fantastic, you must be so fit!

  • Phantasmagorical Veronicaby! That's a tremendous daily average of 24.43K's!! :)

  • Sorry it's late I have had the lurgy again! 41.45km total for me for the week :) 

  • I hope you are on the mend now and that is a pretty darn good total if you were poorly!  Hope next week is better for you!

  • Oh no RAF_girl, not another lurgy! :o

    You've still managed a very impressive 5.92K average :)

    Get well soon! :)

  • Hello all! Last week's total is amazing! How many of us are aboard?

    How lovely introducing little miss fizz to your friends and family- joyous 😀

    I got to meet my niece-in-law's new baby at the weekend, she's tiny and cute.

    My total last week on MFP came to 51.49km, (average 7.35km a day) I'm pretty pleased with that... Plus I swam a km which I believe adds 3km to my total 😀

  • I'll let FizzyLiz let you know the exact number of shipmates when she posts the stats, rainshine :)

    Aww, how lucky you are! It seems like forever since there was a baby in our family. I guess I'm going to have to wait to be a great-granny! :)

    You are absolutely correct about the triple swimming K's and that gives you a smashing total of 54.49K and a daily average of 7.78Ks. Well done you! :) 

  • Aww, don't you just love them when they are so tiny?

    Your total for this week is fabulous, that is a lot every day, you deserve to be pleased!

  • Hi! Sorry I'm a day late in posting but just came back from an Easter jolly :)

    I've run and walked 51.9km and cycled 10kms. A total of 61.9km and an average of 8.8km

    Just keep swimming :)

  • Hope you had a great time Dory ;)

    Fantastic numbers, well done you :)

  • 31.2 km for this week 

  • Good for you Ruth, that's a daily average of 4.46K's :)

  • Sorry for the late reply. I thought it would be easier only submitting once a week but unfortunately not. This week my Fitbit stopped working again and so I didn't receive my report. My total steps for the week is 34,533 but I will leave the submarine now if that is ok. Good Luck to everyone else.

  • Well we're sorry to see you leave jenni, you've been a great shipmate :)

    Your final total is 25.9K's, which is an average of 3.7K's :)

    All the best to you :)

  • Sorry moreless, didn't get a notification that fizzyliz had posted. Didn't receive my weekly Fitbit update either, so have had to calculate it manually 😜

    Anyway, a nice round 50.0kms for the week 

  • Great total lynalla, that gives you a daily average of 7.14K's :)

    If you should experience any more site glitches, you ought to report it the tech team :)

  • Sorry so late - not as well as week before - 30.62 kms 🙂

  • Not to worry Beryl, that's a very respectable 4.37K average :)

  • Hi moreless, just added up my totals for the week and he's my km's :-)

    Cross trainer 32.18 k

    bike 10 k

    rowing 2 k

    walking 15.3 k

    running 24.5 k

    Thank you :-)

  • Thanks T1, that's a fab total of 83.98K's and a daily average of 12K's :)

  • Hi fellow intrepid underwater travellers! A quieter week for me although not in all respects. It was the last week of my job crossover and of finishing packing for moving house. But all the same one cycle and 2 runs to report and one of the runs was very fast - almost  a 30mins 5k - 30:05mins! - I'll reach it next time for sure :) Overall 22.33km for the week. Hope that helps us all to reach some very exciting depths on our underwater adventure :)

  • Woohoo Ruth, you were soooooooooo close with that run! You will definitely reach it next time :)

    You've achieved a 3.19K average, which is amazing with everything you've been up to! :)

    Good luck with the house move! :)

  • Sorry for the late post. Been decorating the past four days so had no network. Managed 22.4km last week.  Not great so hope to improve next week.

  • You have been really busy Tinkle, so I say a 3.2K daily average is great! :)

  • Arrgh,cannot reply, phone keyboard going haywire 😞 can't see what I'm writing, spooky 😵sorry late again, I'm not doing well and lost my plot 😞 Anyway, 47.7 km for last week, hope this works, Elissy x

  • We have you Elissy, don't stress :) Don't forget if you struggle to post on the thread, you can always pm me :)

    That's a fab total and a daily average of 6.81K's :)

  • Hi everyone, 98.1 Kms for me all walking. Cheers

  • Wow, Mimsta, that's amazing!  :-)

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