A monster from the deep found
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.