The Spanish government and the scientists have to take an uncommon decision regarding a giant squid carcass which was discovered Tuesday on the beach in Cantabria. The squid measured 30 feet and had nearly 400 pounds. Its body was in a very good condition excepting one tentacle which had been broken, It is supposed that the animal died at sea and that the ocean currents brought it to the coast.
A government decision is necessary because this is a very important discovery. Squids reside at depths between 1,000 and 3,000 feet and all what we know about them has come from the study of carcasses. But a very few museums in the world have a squid carcass. So, it is necessary to decide if the animal will be exposed for the general public in a museum or will it be dissected from scientific researches or even incinerated.
For the instant, the giant squid found in Cantabria was delivered to the local Maritime Museum where it was frozen until the final decision is taken.
People who were at the scene on the beach were very impressed by the eyes of the creature. Giant squids have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, measuring up to 10 inches in diameter.
The giant squid from Cantabria was photographed by Enrique Talledo.