Friday Squid Blogging: Rare Squid Washes up in Tasmania
A (dead) giant squid of the species Architeuthis washed up on a Tasmanian beach.
The hood of the squid is about two metres long and the body a couple of metres long.
A TPWS spokesman said the tentacles have been badly mangled so their length could not be measured.
Strahan senior ranger Chris Arthur said it is the first time that a giant squid has washed up on the beaches of the west coast, although the giant squid is known to be a food source for sperm whales, which have frequently stranded on the coast.
This article has different sizing:
A squid as long as a bus has washed up on a beach on the west coast of Tasmania.
Measuring eight metres from the tip of its body to the end of its tentacles, the squid weighs about 250 kilograms.
Good picture here; another one here. Another article here. And yet another article and video.
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