Giant Eyes And Hooked Tentacles: Meet The Colossal Squid

September 17, 2014 3:33 AM

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Giant Eyes And Hooked Tentacles: Meet The Colossal Squid

New Zealand scientists at Te Papa museum dissected an almost 800-pound colossal squid on Sept. 16. This was the second of these giants ever to be found intact. Both were dragged out of the Ross Sea, off the freezing coast of Antarctica.

Colossal squid, with their eight arms and two tentacles, both covered in fearsome rotating hooks, are the largest tentacled creatures in the ocean as measured by weight. The first one ever found, in 2007, weighed in at almost 1,100 pounds.

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