Colossal squid is as long as a minibus!
Colossal squid is as long as a minibus! Capt. John Bennett shows a colossal squid he and and his crew caught on the boat in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea (- AP photo / ThinkStock)
Colossal squid is as long as a minibus!
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It was a calm morning in Antarctica's Ross Sea. That's during the season when the sun never sets. Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates. It came from a mile below the surface.

It was a squid that weighed 770 pounds. It was as long as a minibus. Until Tuesday, it had been frozen for eight months. That's when scientists in New Zealand got a chance to inspect it. They used a forklift to put it into a tank.

The squid is a female. Its eight arms are each nearly 3 and a half feet long. Its two tentacles might have been double that length if they had not been damaged.

Kat Bolstad, a squid scientist, described it as "very big, very beautiful."

"This is essentially an intact specimen," she said. "This is a spectacular opportunity."

Many people around the world agreed. About 142,000 watched the squid examination on the Internet.

Colossal squid have rarely been seen in daylight. Remarkably, Bennett and his crew have caught two. Their first was hauled in seven years ago. Now it is on display in New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa.

Bennett said he thought he had better save the latest one for research.

"It's quite an awesome sight," he said.

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  • GageHedrick-Hay
    9/22/2014 - 10:52 a.m.

    You should get it to a safe part of the sea and let it live there for the rest of it life

  • OksanaGoroshka-Hay
    9/22/2014 - 10:53 a.m.

    I think they should keep researching the one they caught and find out more about it so the species do not run out.

  • ElianaParsons-Hay
    9/22/2014 - 10:56 a.m.

    I think they should take it home or whatever and put it in little tiny piece's and cook it and you can have it over and over again. And I would put some vegetables and fruits just to make it look pretty. That's what I would do anyways if you have a different idea then go ahead make it happen. And I am so surprised that it is a female it is to big for a female to me.

  • travisnST
    9/23/2014 - 09:43 a.m.

    I think the Colossal squid is cool because its a giant squid that no ones ever seen before.There
    might be even more giant squids that live very deep under water.Also if that's the only giant squid how did it get so big.

  • dawsoncST
    9/23/2014 - 09:52 a.m.

    I really liked that story, that is so cool that it is 770 pounds. I would love to see that nice squid, and his and all his eight arms are nearly 3 and a half foot long. Can you share facts about its heart

  • armyfST
    9/24/2014 - 09:38 a.m.

    How did you catch a big squid like this one and it was 770? How did you get and where did you find this squid at? Finally was it just you who found it or did you have someone help you?

  • jacobgST
    9/24/2014 - 09:39 a.m.

    How could you catch something like that? Its huge! How could it be 770 pounds? Is it prehistoric? Why would they examined something so big? I would let it go not to put it on display because its a living thing.

  • grantkST
    9/26/2014 - 09:46 a.m.

    That is a weird squid. I wonder how it got so big? I would want to see that. What other weird and big animals did fishermen catch?

  • francisrST
    10/13/2014 - 09:33 a.m.

    I really liked it because they made a new discovery for the second time. I think its the biggest squid I've ever seen in my life. How big was the colossal squid in feet? When you froze the squid was it still alive inside the ice? What did the squid feel like in the inside and outside? How many tentacles did the squid have? Did the squid have more then one heart or brains?

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/15/2014 - 10:25 p.m.

    It is unbelievable because in my site there was no one who caught a colossal squid. I think it is very surprising because because no one caught a colossal squid. I am amazed because somebody caught a colossal squid in my city. I don't agree that the colossal squid is real. I learned a colossal squid was caught somewhere I don't know. I would really like to see a colossal squid in real life. But sadly I've never met the squid but I really want to see it.

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