jake on 2003.04.03
at 02:28 pm
This squid is much bigger than a giant squid. This specimen is also believed to be not fully mature. There have been other discoveries of similar squid. Mostly body parts found in the bellies of sperm whales.
The specimen, which was caught in the past few weeks in the Ross Sea, has a mantle length of 2.5 metres. That is a larger mantle than any giant squid that Dr O'Shea has seen and this specimen is still immature, the NZ scientist believes.
"It's only half to two-thirds grown, so it grows up to four metres in mantle length." By comparison, the mantle of the giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is not known to attain more than 2.25 metres.
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