Giant squid washes ashore in New Zealand

Divers get surprised by the body of a rarely-seen, rarely-photographed creature last weekend
giant squid NZ "How big did you say it was?" (Daniel Alpin/Facebook)

Ah, the giant squid. A creature of myth and folklore. So often feared, so rarely seen ...

Until now!

Waaaiiit a minute ... Okay, that wasn't a real squid! But it is true that a group of three divers in Wellington, New Zealand, were recently surprised by the body of a giant squid that washed up on the beach. It measured 4.5 metres (14.7 feet) long, which easily dwarfed them as they posed for a photograph.


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Just hanging out with a squid on a Saturday. (Daniel Alpin/Facebook)

Rare ... but not unheard of

As we mentioned, the giant squid is not an easy thing to come across. They are a deep ocean creature—their normal habitat is covered in darkness and next-to-impossible for humans to visit. So we have to be pretty lucky to come across one.

It does happen from time to time, usually when one washes up on shore in the same way it did this past Saturday in New Zealand. Scientists also know a bit about giant squid from investigating the bellies of their biggest predators—sperm whales. Of course, every so often people get really lucky. The best recent example was in 2015 when a giant squid ventured into shallow waters in Toyama Bay, Japan.

Crazy, right?

Even with sightings like this, there is so much left to learn. Scientists estimates that adult giant squid can reach sizes of over 14 metres (42 feet)—about the length of a school bus and three times the length of the one found last weekend. They don't call it giant for nothing!

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  1. Giant squids are one of my favorite sea creatures of all time!
    I love how you put the Simpsons clip in there ?

  2. the giant squid is big. it is 4.5 metres long . It Has Eight Orms. it can be Has big has a school bus. The octopus is white.

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