Captain John Bennett and his crew discovered a colossal squid weighing 350 kilograms (770 pounds), and as long as a minibus, in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea. This creature, found a mile below the surface, has tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates. It’s female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter (3.3 feet) long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if they had not been damaged. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Kat Bolstad, a squid scientist from the Auckland University of Technology, says: “This is essentially an intact specimen, which is almost an unparalleled opportunity for us to examine. This is a spectacular opportunity. Only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic. We were excited to find that out… as it turns out this one is a female, and it has got some eggs. This was by far the most perfect colossal squid that I have seen.”