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Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach

By T.K. Randall
August 27, 2018 · Comment icon 11 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 (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
It's sad for the squid but a great find for the brothers.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
Very cool.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
Some beast lurking deep !
Comment icon #5 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
bon appetit
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Fun fact: Giant squids have the largest eyes in the known animal kingdom. Source:
Comment icon #7 Posted by Why not 6 years ago
It would sell at top dollar at the local bait shop I'd imagine.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
In England it could sell for 500 squid at least.
Comment icon #9 Posted by kapow53 6 years ago
Does big squid fry up good?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Astra. 6 years ago
Maybe the poor thing just died of old age.
Comment icon #11 Posted by John Allanson 6 years ago
The bigger they get the more urea accumulates on the flesh. So no not so good calamari.

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