Monster 14-foot squid washes up on beach

The Aplin brothers were about to go for their morning dive when they made the discovery. Source Facebook  Ocean HuntersMore

The Aplin brothers were about to go for their morning dive when they made the discovery. Source Facebook Ocean HuntersMore

Giant squids live in all the world's oceans and prey on deep sea fish and other squids, so unless you go poking around in their neighborhood looking like a snack, you should be safe.

Over in Wellington, New Zealand, a group of guys were walking along a beach when they happened upon something straight out of an aquatic nightmare: a 14-foot-long giant squid with tentacles long enough to dunk from the free-throw line.

"My brother said 'what's that over there?' and pointed it out".

Posting to the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing and Freediving Specialists Facebook page, diving pundits from around the country expressed shock at the discovery.

"Wellington team member Dan had an interesting find in Wellington this morning!" the Ocean Hunter Spearfishing & Freediving Specialists captioned the images.

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Daniel, Jack and Matthew Aplin were driving along the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend when they got a little bit distracted. Because the giant squid has the largest eyes out of any animal in the world. They can grow as large as 33 feet, almost as large as a school bus, weighing up to 440 pounds.

The brothers called the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) who immediately came to collect the squid. Scientists have really only been able to study them when they wash up on ashore. However, in 2006, Discovery Channel caught a giant squid on film for the first time ever.

Male giant squids can grow as large as 33 feet in length, according to News.com.au.

The largest colossal squid ever measured was 43 feet in length weighed nearly a ton, according to Smithsonian Ocean.

As is the case with other types of squid, giant squid have eight arms and two tentacles used for feeding that extend and capture food. There have been semi-frequent sightings of them throughout history and they have a tendency to crop up in the guts of dead sperm whales every now and then, but we didn't manage to photograph one in its natural habitat until 2004, and didn't manage to get video of one in its natural habitat until only 2012.

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