A mon­ster from the deep found

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Three broth­ers search­ing the Welling­ton coast­line for some­where to dive over the week­end were shocked to dis­cover this mon­ster squid washed up on a beach.

Daniel, Jack and Matthew Aplin were driv­ing along the track near Red Rocks on Welling­ton’s south coast when they spot­ted the gi­ant. The trio mea­sured the an­i­mal, which was a whop­ping 4.2m long.

A spokesman from the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion said it was most likely a gi­ant squid, not a colos­sal squid like the one at Te Papa.

The broth­ers de­cided to con­tact a friend from NIWA, who had the squid col­lected, Aplin said.

It was not known what had killed the crea­ture, and it didn’t seem to have any ob­vi­ous signs of in­jury apart from a tiny scratch on the top of its head.

Aplin said he and his broth­ers had seen a few sharks while div­ing in the area but had never seen a mas­sive squid be­fore.

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