Within a week, two giant squids were found on the beaches of Japan and South Africa. Normally living in the depths of the oceans, the first of these huge cephalopods was found stranded but alive on Ugu beach in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, Japan on April 22. Following this discovery, the squid was immediately transported to the Echizen Matsushima Aquarium in Sakai City.
VIDEO: Giant squid washes ashore alive in Japan.
A giant squid 3.35 metres in length has been found alive on a shore in western Japan.
Giant squid live in the deep sea, and is unusual for one to be washed ashore alive. The squid has now been transported to an aquarium pic.twitter.com/FGdc23MBjI
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) April 22, 2022
The following April 29, a second giant squid, this time dead, was found on Kommetjie beach in Cape Town, South Africa. According to local media, the body of the cephalopod was about four metres long.
Authorities in the country appealed to a local museum to recover the body. Scientists collected tissue samples for DNA analysis to learn more about this little-known sea creature. But unfortunately, the squid had already been skinned by fishermen.
Only its remains were left, as the most sought-after organs were cut out and stolen, namely the eyes, beak and tentacles. According to eyewitnesses, the animal had a “large cut” above the tentacles. According to Jon Friedman, spokesman for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA animal rescue organisation, it may have been caused by a boat propeller.
Este impresionante ejemplar de calamar gigante se encontró en la playa de Kommetjie, Sudáfrica.
Ahora el museo local lo está preparando para mostrarlo en su colección.
📸 Ali Paulus pic.twitter.com/U65sUQ4IZw
— ASOCIACIÓN AMBIENTE EUROPEO (@ambienteeuropeo) May 4, 2022
This incredible marine animal has two huge eyes about 30 cm in diameter, the largest in the animal kingdom! These allow it to detect prey and bioluminescent predators that lurk in the dark, as well as two feeding tentacles, which allow it to hunt up to 10 metres away!
Its eight arms are dotted with 5 cm wide suction cups, with small teeth that allow it to guide prey towards the pointed beak. Its body also allows it to spit ink and move via jet propulsion.
Giant squids are very difficult animals to observe because they live at depths exceeding 500 metres! They have been the subject of many myths, most notably that of the kraken in Norse mythology, and even inspired Jules Vernes’ famous novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.