Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

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 an existence? 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 thing just 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.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6376485
269321
178798

 
Ancient shark species named after video game
1-21-2019
A newly discovered species of prehistoric shark has been assigned a name based on the shape of its teeth.
Emotional support alligator visits care home
1-21-2019
A senior living facility in Pennsylvania recently got a visit from a large reptile with some rather sharp teeth.
Javelin found embedded in mammoth's rib
1-21-2019
Researchers have discovered direct evidence that humans actively hunted mammoths with weapons.
Malapa skeletons are the same hominin species
1-20-2019
Anthropologists have published the results of a new study in to two fossil skeletons found in South Africa.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Round Earth vs flat Earth
Posted 1-18-2019 | 4 comments
Why do some people believe that the Earth is as flat as a pancake?
 
Which is correct - math or maths ?
Posted 1-10-2019 | 2 comments
For years, there has been some confusion over the shorthand of the word 'mathematics'.
 
How fast does glass crack ?
Posted 12-31-2018 | 5 comments
The Slo Mo Guys attempt another intriguing slow motion experiment in their back yard.
 
The most mind-blowing space discoveries
Posted 12-28-2018 | 0 comments
A look back at some of mankind's greatest space-related discoveries.
 
The origins of Christmas
Posted 12-22-2018 | 0 comments
A look back at the origins of several modern Christmas traditions.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Johannesburg Men in Black
1-2-2019 | Johannesburg South Africa
 
Giant flash of light
1-2-2019 | Pomona, California
 
Terrifying unexplained screams
1-2-2019 | Dorion, Ontario, Canada
 
My name is whispered
11-9-2018 | Wish not to disclose
 
Strange numbers on arm
11-9-2018 | Charlotte, NC
 
Two experiences
10-31-2018 | Pryor, OK
 
Various experiences
10-31-2018 | Californiia
 
A transparent figure
10-31-2018 | Nigeria
 
My childhood haunting
10-29-2018 | Cincinnati, Ohio
 
Orange, hovering, atom-like figure
10-25-2018 | West kelowna
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ