The Aplin brothers, Daniel, Jack and Matthew, were taking a drive along the Wellington, New Zealand coast, looking for a place to dive, and didn’t quite believe their eyes when they spotted a massive squid lying on the beach, the New Zealand Herald reports.
They took a dive, then came back for a closer look and to measure their find, which turned out to be 4.2 meters (13.8 feet) long; in comparison, the largest giant squid found so far was 43 feet long. Everything you never wanted to know on the topic is at bit.ly/bigbigsquid
“It was pretty clean, nothing major on it,” Daniel observed. Jack, left, and Matthew, right, are pictured with the critter, in photos they posted to the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists Facebook page, where they elicited over 2,100 comments. “That’s a whole heap of calamari,” one said, while another opined, “This is why we don’t belong in the sea!”
Not knowing what to do with the body, the brothers called the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, who arranged to have it collected for study.