An enormous 4m long giant squid was washed up on a New Zealand beach yesterday morning, a real treat for beachcombers.
The massive cephalopod was initially identified as a colossal squid, which is the world’s biggest kind, but later it was determined that the creature was merely a giant squid, which has longer tentacles but a shorter body.
As dozens of locals in Wellington came down to the beach to tug at the animals tentacles and poke at it with sticks the Department of Conservation cut out the squid’s beak so they could determine it’s age. The remains showed visible signs of a deep sea battle as the squid was covered in deep wounds from what must have been an even bigger and nastier sea creature.
The mangled remains were eventually washed back out to sea.