Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach - Unexplained Mysteries

Monday, August 27 2018

Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach - Unexplained Mysteries

Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2018 | 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." Recent comments on this story #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 27 August, 2018, 11:00 Odd as it doesn't seem to be scavenged. Must of died relatively close to shore. #2 Posted by Still Waters on 27 August, 2018, 11:28 It's sad for the squid but a great find for the brothers. #3 Posted by Myles on 27 August, 2018, 11:36 Very cool. #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 August, 2018, 13:05 Some beast lurking deep ! #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? #6 Posted by TripGun on 27 August, 2018, 13:48 bon appetit #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 #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. #9 Posted by freetoroam on 27 August, 2018, 20:28 In England it could sell for 500 squid at least. Please Login or Register to post a comment. On the forums