Giant Squid Carcass Found in South Africa, Expert Says

KOMPAS.com – Carcass giant squid found in Long Beach, Kommetjie, south Africa on April 30 last.

Giant squid The stranded has a body length of about 2.2 meters, with tentacles up to 3.5 meters.

“It was amazing to see,” said Alison Paulus, a Cape Town resident and founder of the wildlife conservation organization Volunteer and Explore. Live ScienceThursday (5/5/2022).

The giant squid is one of the most elusive animals on the planet.

This animal is a resident deep sea which live at sea depths between 1,000 and 3,000 feet or about 300 to 1,000 meters, and rarely rises to sea level.

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For centuries, the only information scientists had about this mysterious creature, the giant squid, came from studying carcasses or remains found in the stomachs of sperm whales.

Meanwhile, Washington Post reported a preserved giant baby squid washed ashore near Cape Town in 2020.

Devon Bowen, a digital manager at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, explained that another adult specimen that washed up in the same area in 1992 was just over 30 feet (9 meters) long.

South African giant squid

Giant squid carcass in South Africa was stranded at night after sustaining injuries, possibly from encounters with commercial vessels or fishing vessels.

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