Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:16 PM – Colossal squid live so deep you’ll almost never encounter one, but thousands of people got a chance to see one being dissected, livestreamed over the internet.
The largest known cephalopods can grow to be up to 14 m long, but live at depths of more than 1,000 m. The one that you see in the YouTube video below was hauled up by Captain John Bennett and his crew in the waters near Antarctica eight months ago.
It was rushed back to New Zealand, where it was put on ice until it could be thawed out in the proper scientific conditions, and filmed.
Bennett, whose crew hauled it up while fishing for toothfish, has helped out the museum before. Have a look at the first colossal squid he bagged, way back in 2007.
“It was partly alive, it was still hanging onto the fish,” Bennett told the Associated Press. “Just a big bulk in the water. They’re huge, and the mantle’s all filled with water. It’s quite an awesome sight.”
Squid expert Kat Bolstad, who led the autopsy team, said the find was a great chance to learn more about a little known species.
“This is essentially an intact specimen, which is almost an unparalleled opportunity for us to examine,” she said.
With files from the Associated Press.