On Tuesday 10th July a Giant Squid was fond washed up on Ocean Beach in Strahan, Tasmania.
It measured 1 meter (3 feet) wide and 8 meters (28 feet) long from the top of its body to the end of its tentacles, and weighed approximately 550 pounds said Genefor Walker-Smith, a zoologist from the Tasmanian Museum.
The giant squid, once believed to be a mythical creature, are deep-ocean dwelling animals that can grow to a tremendous size – recent estimates have put their size to a massive 13 m (43 ft) for females and 10 m (33 ft) for males. The larger Colossal Squid, discovered in 1925 is estimated to be at least 14 m (46 ft) long.
The squid found on Ocean Beach was expected to be taken to the museum, where DNA and other scientific tests would be carried out before it is preserved and possibly put on public display.