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Giant squid washes up on beach in Spain

Posted on Monday, 7 October, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments

A scale model of a giant squid hanging in a museum. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dan Century
The aquatic behemoth measured over 10m in length and was found washed ashore on Spain's La Arena beach.
Despite its large size the giant squid is a species that has remained highly elusive. A solitary animal that lives deep down in the ocean where it is rarely encountered, these gigantic sea creatures eke out an existence that we know very little about.

Most of what we do know about these animals is based on the examination of remains that have washed up on beaches like the one found this week in Spain. Weighing 180lbs, the specimen was taken to the Maritime Museum of Cantabria in the city of Santander where efforts have been underway to preserve it for study.

Some of the most significant advances in giant squid research have centered around recent attempts to record footage of them in their natural habitat. While many considered this an inpractical task, in 2012 Japanese zoologist Tsunemi Kubodera proved that it could be done by successfully capturing one of the animals on camera using a special submersible off the Bonin Islands.

"It was shining and so beautiful," he said. "I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data."

Source: Nature World News | Comments (9)

Tags: Giant Squid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 7 October, 2013, 13:13
Considering how they love squid, cuttlefish and octopus in Spain, it's a wonder it made it to the lab! Lol. Awesome find though!
Comment icon #2 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 7 October, 2013, 16:58
Comment icon #3 Posted by crimson089 on 7 October, 2013, 17:46
^tasty calamari ^^ i would totally freak out if i see a squid that size -_-
Comment icon #4 Posted by Junior Chubb on 7 October, 2013, 20:40
Its a trap!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lava_Lady on 7 October, 2013, 21:37
Damn, that is huge.... I wonder how big it's family members are?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chooky88 on 7 October, 2013, 23:28
Probably starved to death in those fished out waters :-(
Comment icon #7 Posted by skookum on 8 October, 2013, 12:42
I thought they lived at great depth. Is the Med deep enough as their usual habitat?
Comment icon #8 Posted by smokeycat on 8 October, 2013, 13:39
I thought they lived at great depth. Is the Med deep enough as their usual habitat? It was moved to Santander in the North of Spain. So it was probably washed up on a Atlantic beach, not the Mediterranean.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 9 October, 2013, 1:08
Probably starved to death in those fished out waters :-( Possibly just reached its lifespan; octopi and squid typically grow very fast and have a short lifespan. Females in some species die after laying and/or tending the eggs. Of course that may not apply here since relatively little is know about the giant squid,

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