New Zealand: They find a giant squid washed up on the beach

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New ZealandThey find a giant squid washed up on the beach

The deep animal was four meters tall and some of its tentacles showed bite marks.

The animal probably died in the water and its body, brought up from the depths, was washed up on the beach.

Anton Donaldson

On September 9, guide Anton Donaldson took a group of tourists to the Farewell Spit nature reserve, a narrow strip of land located in the very north of the South Island of New Zealand. One of his co-workers texted him to say he was getting a surprise on the beach.

Shortly after, the group saw a large whitish mass on the sand. The guide immediately knew what it was and announced to the tourists that they were going to have the chance to see a giant squid. Indeed, this animal of the depths is rarely found stranded on the shores. This one measured about 4 meters, according to the “New Zealand Herald”. Some of its tentacles bore bite marks. The squid must have died in the water and was partly devoured by other marine animals.

Tentacles deployed, the animal measures almost 4 meters.

Tentacles deployed, the animal measures almost 4 meters.

Anton Donaldson

Anton Donaldson, of Farewell Spit Tour, explains that since the company was founded in 1986, they must have seen only six squids, calculated between 4 and 6 meters, the last being in 2019.

Squids live at depths of 500 to 1000 meters, and once they reach adulthood, they no longer come to the surface. Some can reach up to 13 meters in length and weigh up to 300 kilos.

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