by Amanda Froelich,
What lurks in the inky black depths of the ocean? This is a question scientists are still trying to answer, despite having access to cutting-edge technologies. So far, what we do know is that humans have only explored about 5 percent of the world’s oceans. That means there is a lot more to unearth. Fortunately, we have more clues as to what kinds of creatures (and how big they might be) are going about their lives in the big blue, following the discovery of a monster-sized squid in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Herald reports that three brothers, Daniel, Jack, and Matthew, were peering across the Wellington coastline for a place to dive when they spotted the washed-up squid near Red Rocks Reserve. “My brother said ‘what’s that over there?’ and pointed it out,” Daniel said. “It was right next to the track so we pulled over and we were like: ‘It’s a big squid’.”
“After we went for a dive we went back to it and got a tape measure out and it measured 4.2 meters [14 feet] long,” he added.“It was pretty clean, nothing major on it. There was a scratch on the top of its head but smaller than a lighter, tiny, wouldn’t think that’s what killed it.” After snapping some photos, Daniel shared the discovery with the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing and Freediving Specialists page on Facebook.
Wellington team member Dan had an interesting find in Wellington this morning!
According to a spokesperson from the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the brothers encountered the corpse of the species giant squid (Architeuthis dux). As IFLScience reports, A. dux is estimated to reach 13 meters (43 feet) long. Intriguingly, the species’ tentacles and eight legs are longer than the colossal squid’s.
What we can theorize from this latest discovery is that giant squid live in all of the world’s oceans but likely prefer the subtropical and temperate waters. Their bodies can also withstand variants of water pressures, allowing them to plunge 1,000 meters. Undoubtedly, more research will be conducted in the future. For now, it is probably best to be skeptical of all claims about “monster” squid, as many theories are drawn from a biased sample.
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Source: NZ Herald