Robust clubhook squid can grow up to 12 feet long, making them the third largest cuttlefish species in the world.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminitration)
An extremely rare robust clubhook squid washed ashore on an Oregon beach last month, gives scientists a unique opportunity to look into the mysterious deep sea creature.
The 8-legged squid, which measured 10 metres long and weighed about 90 pounds, was already dead when the tourists discovered near Silver Point just south of Cannon Beach, according to the Sea Aquarium.
“It was dead for a while, and some cleanup had taken place, but all in all it was in pretty good shape,” the aquarium wrote in a July 28 Facebook post, which received hundreds of responses.
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Researchers of the Sea Aquarium snapped pictures of the large squid, which they dissect and investigate in the hope of learning more about the habits. Specifically, researchers focused on the squid beak, which is still intact.
“There is little [known] about the history of the lives of these great giants, so we were very excited to be able to get a closer look,” the aquarium explained.
The robust clubhook squid can grow up to 12 feet long, making it the third largest squid species exist.
“M. robusta is distinguished from other squid of the North Pacific ocean by the presence of 2 rows of sharp hooks on the tentacle clubs, by the length of the fins, the fleshy longitudinal ridges on its body and its large size,” the Seattle Aquarium explained in a blog post, mentioning the research of F. G. Hochberg, an expert on cephalopods.
This particular type of squid is usually found in the warmer regions of the Pacific Ocean, everywhere from California to Japan, the Oregon Coast Beach Connection reports. Seaside Aquarium manager Keith Chandler told the local publication the “first” robust clubhook squid he has ever seen.
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The deceased squid in Silver Point had two long tentacles and eight arms, each with an average of 50 to 60 suckers.
“We suspect that this squid is a emerged from the woman. Squids, like octopuses die shortly after laying eggs,” the aquarium added.
The local population thanked the aquarium for the update from them on their findings.
“Love the photos and information on the sea!!! Keep educating us!!!” a Facebook user wrote.
“Thanks for sharing. Learned something today, never knew they existed!” another added.
“So interesting , thank you for sharing … sorry it died, but happy that it helps people to know more about them,” a woman said.
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