14-Foot Giant Squid Washes Up On New Zealand Beach

Monday, 27 August 2018 - 11:56AM
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Monday, 27 August 2018 - 11:56AM
14-Foot Giant Squid Washes Up On New Zealand Beach
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Image Credit: Facebook/OceanHunterTeam
Welp, that's another country that we can cross off the list of potential vacation destinations. It's fun to travel to places like Roswell or Loch Ness where there are myths of aliens and other creatures, but it's a little less exciting to visit a place where actual monsters live. Over in Wellington, New Zealand, a group of guys were walking along a beach when they happened upon something straight out of an aquatic nightmare: a 14-foot-long giant squid with tentacles long enough to dunk from the free-throw line.




According to reports, the men who found the beached giant were brothers named Jack, Daniel, and Matthew Alpin. After taking obligatory photos posing with the animal carcass, they reached out to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research to have the creature collected. We're not exactly sure what the institute does with dead monsters, but it's probably not a pretty sight.  

The existence of giant squids is not breaking news, but the scary part is that experts say they wash up fairly regularly in that part of the world. Even worse, the one the Alpin brothers found could be considered a runt when compared to other giant squids. The largest ever found was an insane 59 feet long and weighed nearly a ton. The average is around 33 feet, which (in case you're doing the math at home) is more than twice the size of the one pictured above. Giant squids live in all the world's oceans and prey on deep sea fish and other squids, so unless you go poking around in their neighborhood looking like a snack, you should be safe.

If a giant squid ends up on a beach, it's probably dead and was carried there by the waves. There are rare cases of live squids beaching, but civilian sunbathers should not try to return them to the sea on their own. Like the Alpin brothers, call the local authorities and let the pros handle it.

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