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Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach


Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

Image Credit: OCEAN HUNTER Spearfishing and Freediving Specialists / Facebook / Daniel Aplin
A huge squid measuring 4.2 meters long has been discovered washed up on the Wellington coastline.
Despite its large size, the giant squid is a species that has long remained highly elusive.

A solitary animal that lives deep down in the depths of the ocean where it is rarely encountered, these gigantic sea creatures eke out an existence that scientists know very little about.

Finding one washed up on the shoreline, therefore, is typically the best way to see one up close.

Brothers Daniel, Jack and Matthew Aplin had been out for a drive along Wellington's south coast recently when they came across the body of a huge squid sprawled out on the sand.

"My brother said 'what's that over there?' and pointed it out," said Daniel. "It was right next to the track so we pulled over and we were like: 'It's a big squid!'."

"[Later] we went back to it and got a tape measure out and it measured 4.2 meters long."



Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (12)

Tags: Giant Squid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles on 27 August, 2018, 11:36
Very cool.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 August, 2018, 13:05
Some beast lurking deep !
Comment icon #5 Posted by seanjo on 27 August, 2018, 13:06
Eke out anexistence? Something, that evolved and grew to be that big had a plentiful food source. Great find, will it be investigated and/or preserved?
Comment icon #6 Posted by TripGun on 27 August, 2018, 13:48
bon appetit
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 27 August, 2018, 15:38
Fun fact: Giant squids have the largest eyes in the known animal kingdom. Source:https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/giant-squid
Comment icon #8 Posted by Why not on 27 August, 2018, 19:48
It would sell at top dollar at the local bait shop I'd imagine.
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam on 27 August, 2018, 20:28
In England it could sell for 500 squid at least.
Comment icon #10 Posted by kapow53 on 30 August, 2018, 2:02
Does big squid fry up good?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Astra. on 30 August, 2018, 2:06
Maybe the poor thingjust died of old age.
Comment icon #12 Posted by John Allanson on 2 September, 2018, 21:04
The bigger they get the more urea accumulates on the flesh. So no not so good calamari.


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