Giant Squid Found in Australia by the Team of McGlashan (Photo)
A giant squid carcass has been found by the team of Al McGlashan, the author of The Fishing Bible, located at 30 miles off Jervis Bay in New South Wales in Australia.
The team which consists of McGlashan’s fishing partner, Justin Lewis, a film crew and Phil Bolton, who works for the regional fisheries department, sailed out to sea on Friday last week to search for tuna and swordfish. However, instead of finding a tuna and swordfish, they found a dead giant squid.
According to GrindTV.com, finding the giant squid carcass intact is rare, and finding a giant squid that has not yet lost its bright orange coloration is even rarer.
“In all my time on the water – and I’ve spent 200-plus days out there – I’ve never seen anything like it. The giant squid must have died not that long before we found it because it didn’t smell at all and its colors were still strong. Most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them,” said McGlashan.
McGlashan is filming the giant squid from the deep on Friday when suddenly a 2.5m blue shark appeared and fed on it which you can see from the video below.
Australian Museum squid specialist Mandy Reid said the giant squid had either encountered a sperm whale or had come to the end of its short life and floated to the surface.
“Most squid only live for a year, they grow extremely quickly, but there is also a chance that it has been attacked by a sperm whale. Sperm whales are far bigger, heavier and faster in the water – the giant squid are quite slow – so the whale generally wins,” Dr. Reid said.
The giants squid that McGlashan found stretches about 13 feet. These giant squid are so rare that it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for anyone who happens upon this sea creature. They live at such great ocean depths making them difficult to observe in the wild.
In fact, the first documented record of a live giant squid in the wild was on September 30, 2004 when researchers from the National Science Museum of Japan and the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association took the first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. Several of the 556 photographs were released a year later. The same team successfully filmed, for the first time, a live giant squid on December 2006.
Giant squids belong to the genus Architeuthis which is represented by as many as eight species. They are considered as the world’s largest invertebrates and are thought to reach sizes up to 60 feet (18 meters).