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Monster squid goes viral after it washed ashore in New Zealand

In this television image made from video recorded in the summer of 2012 provided by NHK and Discovery Channel, a giant squid swims in the deep sea off Chichi island, Japan.

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A huge 14-meter squid has washed up on the coast of Wellington, New Zealand, in which images of the massive cephalopod to go viral.

Three brothers, Dan, Jack and Matthew Aplin, stumbled upon the find on Saturday. Dan is a member of the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists in Wellington, which various images of the impressive octopus on his Facebook page.

“Wellington is a member of the team Then you had an interesting find in Wellington this morning!” the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists caption of the images. The post was shared nearly 6,000 times as of Monday morning.

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The Aplin brothers said they drive on a circuit in the vicinity of the Red Rocks Reserve as they spotted the squid. They then called the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, which is planned for the squid picked up, to The Sun.

Giant squids of this size are not uncommon, according to National Geographic. They grow as big as 33 meters, almost as big as a school bus, with a weight of up to 440 pounds.

The largest giant squid ever measured was 43 feet and weighed almost a ton, according to the Smithsonian Ocean.

Despite the fact that one of the world’s largest invertebrates, not much is known about the giant squid, largely as a result of their deep-sea habitats. Scientists have really only been able to study them when they wash up on the shore. However, in 2006, the Discovery Channel caught a giant squid on film for the first time ever.

Giant squids and their even larger cousin, the colossal squid, big eyes, with a size of 10 cm in diameter, allowing them to see through the murky waters of the deepest parts of the ocean.

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The colossal squid is estimated to be between 39 and 46 metres long and can weigh up to 750 pounds.

As is the case with other types of squid, giant squids have eight arms and two tentacles used for feeding that to expand and to capture food. They mostly eat deep-sea fish and other squid, and have only a few predators, including sperm whales, deep sea sharks, and possibly pilot whales.

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