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Giant squid washes up on Tassie beach

giant squid washed up
Belinda Bauer, of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, packs up the giant squid found on a Tasmanian beach.

A giant squid washed up on Tasmania’s west coast has scientists in a frenzy.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery senior curator of invertebrate zoology, Genefor Walker-Smith, leads a team of scientific experts who will investigate the find at Ocean Beach, near Strahan.

Curiously, of the four known giant squid to have washed up on Tasmanian shores (1986, 1992, 2002 and 2007), all have been found in the month of July.

giant squid washed up

news.com.au reported:

They will take samples from the massive creature, which has been identified by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (TPWS) as giant squid Architeuthis.

The officers have moved the remains above the high water mark to preserve it before being analysed.

The hood of the squid is about two metres long and the body a couple of metres long.

A TPWS spokesman said the tentacles have been badly mangled so their length could not be measured.

Strahan senior ranger Chris Arthur said it is the first time that a giant squid has washed up on the beaches of the west coast, although the giant squid is known to be a food source for sperm whales, which have frequently stranded on the coast.

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Burningbird » Tasmanian Squid
07.12.07 at 3:02 am


Mei 07.13.07 at 2:13 am

Interesting articles you have here and the pictures are of high quality! Nice!

hunnny 06.05.09 at 4:22 pm


leyasia 10.23.09 at 7:36 am


Shannon 11.01.09 at 2:42 am

wow that is just like gross and awesome at the same time.

stedawa 02.05.10 at 9:40 am

Why would their tentacles be mangled?

Aylah Taylor 07.20.10 at 12:24 pm

Oh goodness, I would reallly like to see one of these up close. They facinate me so very much.

Iaan 06.05.11 at 7:58 pm

Oh my God

Erica 07.14.11 at 5:59 am

OMG! That is a giant squid! I have seen a dried up and dead giant squid it was creepy! That must of been creepy seeing one that close up!

Paula Lee Bright 10.07.11 at 6:47 pm

Fantastic! My struggling readers (I teach them to read online) will LOVE this story! Wow, I’ve read about and heard about giant squid, but never actually seen one. Thanks for this!

Paula Lee Bright 10.07.11 at 6:50 pm

In thinking about it, the odds aren’t good that they’d all wash up in July. There must be an important bit of info there. What is the water temperature like there (Tasmania) in July? Or maybe there is a shortage of food…or…I guess the possibilities are endless! Great stuff. My students and I will be back to read this together. :D

Penny Lane 10.31.11 at 10:09 pm

Yum yum. Squid rings!

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