Last week, a giant squid was found dead on the shore of South Island in New Zealand.
The immense marine creature’s tentacles were more than 16 feet in length, according to the one who found it.
The finding cause a lot of stir on the internet and researchers from a local museum took the giant squid so it won’t be eaten by birds or other scavengers.
Megan Lewis, a marine biologist and the owner of the museum, identified the giant squid as an adult female.
According to Lewis, female squids are known to grow very fast but won’t live for a very long time. The biologist said that the dead creature’s head was in perfect condition, which made it a bit difficult for them to determine the animal’s cause of death.
The biologists also found that the animal’s stomach was full, which means that it didn’t starve to death. Also, the experts believe the giant squid was not killed by other creatures.
For many centuries, scientists had no conclusive evidence that this species of squid, referred to as “the giant squid”, really existed.
The giant squid, which belongs to the genus Architeuthis, lives deep in the oceans and spends most of its life hidden away.
When it does come to the surface for researchers to see that it really exists as a creature, the giant squid is found dead or in a state of advance decomposition on a beach, usually on the shore of New Zealand and Newfoundland.
The biologists measured the giant squid and said that the creature was 23 feet long, with eyes of about 7.5 inches in diameter.
The animal’s dead body was put in a freezer to prevent it from decomposing so that it can be sent to different research institutions, like Auckland and Otago universities.
The giant squid is currently inside a freezer at the Kaikoura Marine Center and Aquarium, where visitors can look at it through the windows.
The biologists who studied the animal said that most of its weight is in its head.
Giant squids have been the subject for legends for many centuries. These legends were kept alive by sailors who talked about enormous sea monsters that destroyed entire sailing ships with their tentacles.
One of these legendary monsters is called Kracken, which was part of the Scandinavian mythology.
But in reality, giant squids are creatures that live deep in the waters, far away from the shore, feeding on fish and smaller squid. Experts say that they are not a threat to humans.
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