Giant Squid And Sharks: The New Monsters You Should Be Terrified Of
Cannibal zombie apocalypse attacks are so last week. A rare sighting of the coast of Australia will make the giant squid the new monster haunting your nightmares.
Australian fisherman and columnist Al McGlashan spotted the bright reddish-orange carcass, measuring ten feet long, floating on Friday. Spotting any signs of the creature is extremely rare; finding a body intact and so recently deceased is even rarer.
McGlashan told the Daily Telegraph, for which he is also a columnist, about the amazing find:
“It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn’t smell at all and its colours were still strong – most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them,” Mr McGlashan said.
A specialist at the Australian Museum posited that the squid “had either encountered a sperm whale [the giant squid's only natural predator] or had come to the end of its short life and floated to the surface.”
As if one deep sea creature wasn’t enough, McGlashan also captured a blue shark on camera as it swam up and began feasting on the squid carcass.
Reports and sightings of giant squids, which can grow to an estimated 43 feet, date back to Aristotle. But an adult, living giant squid was not captured on film until 2002, when a creature came into shallow water and was trapped along Japan. The squid was not photographed in its natural habitat until 2004.
[via Daily Telegraph]