A large 14-foot monster squid washes up on shores of New Zealand’s capital.
Daniel, Jack, and Matthew, all brothers, were out for a morning dive in Wellington when they surprisingly came across the massive creature.
As they were driving along a track close to Red Rocks on the south coast of the city is where they noticed the beach cephalopods.
The brothers stated that had come across several sharks while on their diving trips but they have never seen a squid that size.
They all decided to contact the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, who determined they would have the squid collected.
A Department of Conservation spokesman said it was certainly a giant squid, the bodies of which washed up relatively regularly on the shore.
Male giant squids have suckers and bards running down the length of their arms and can grow as large as 33 feet.
The giant squid is the largest type of squid, and mainly hunted by sperm whales, although juveniles are hunted by sharks in the deep sea.
Sightings of giant squid as long as 66 feet are widespread, but no specimens approaching this size have been scientifically documented.
Studies have shown that giant squid feed on deep-sea fish and other squid species. They catch prey using two tentacles, gripping it with serrated sucker rings, then bring it toward the powerful beak and shred it before ingesting it.
Giant squid inhabit all of the world’s oceans and are believed to be solitary hunters, as only individuals have ever been caught in fishing nets.
In 2017, a 50-foot squid washed up in Indonesia.