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This Giant Squid Will Haunt Your Dreams

May 14, 2015

A New Zealand aquarium has shared photos of a giant squid that washed up on a beach in Kaikoura on the South Island of New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium has put the sea creature in a freezer with glass windows that is on display for visitors. The mantle is about 6.5 feet long, while the longest tentacle is about 16 feet long. Parts of it will be donated to Auckland and Otago universities for research, according to Facebook posts.

Posted by Kaikoura Marine Centre & Aquarium on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A human comparison...she is a MASSIVE specimen considering Jay lying there is 1.83m...Now frozen on display at the...

Posted by Kaikoura Marine Centre & Aquarium on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The massive beak of the Giant Squid that washed up yesterday...see aquariums previous posts for more details and photos 󾌵

Posted by Kaikoura Marine Centre & Aquarium on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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