Largest squid discovered
The largest Colossal squid ever caught was landed off the coast of Antarctica by New Zealand fishermen Thursday, Feb. 22.
Scientifically known as Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, the squid was captured by a fishing crew searching for Patagonian toothfish, also known as Chilean sea bass, reports the Olberlin Times.
The squid has eyes "the size of dinner plates" and "wheel-sized calamari rings" according to Gristmill. It is about 39 feet long and weighs about 992 pounds, reports DiscoveryReports.
"The new specimen is likely the first intact male ever recovered", New Zealand's Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said, according to Progressive U.
The squid was frozen and transported to New Zealand's capital, Wellington, where it will be studied at Te Papa, the national museum, reports the Olberlin Times.