16-feet giant squid in New Zealand may become part of local folklore
Scientists in New Zealand are perplexed over finding the carcass of a giant squid. They are wondering as to what actually caused its death and are trying to ascertain if it was the biggest squid ever found in this part of the world.
But this is not the only marine form of life that is making headlines there. Another marine specie that is making headlines in New Zealand is a rare oarfish whose significance was only realized when its picture actually spread far and wide.
The biggest known giant squid found in New Zealand before the most latest find was in the year 2013. That monster was actually found by Jack and Sharon Osikai, who found it in Kaikoura. â€œItâ€™s not something you see every dayâ€¦It looked quite impressive out in the water with all its tentacles floating aroundâ€¦ It took us about an hour to pull it inâ€, says OSikai.
Now there are experts who believe that this giant squid might have died after fighting for its life with another, even bigger, giant squid. Megan Lewis, owner of Kaikoura Aquarium says, â€œWe will be able to examine it to see what it has been eating, measure the diameter of its eyes, and its individual tentaclesâ€¦We have already got a [giant squid] tentacle which we can compare it to. It really does look like beak marks from another squid. They are carnivores, and they do eat each other.â€