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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  • jacob4-Bla
    11/20/2014 - 01:41 p.m.

    I think it is very cool that they found the colosol squid and that it is the size of a mini bus

  • jacksST
    12/04/2014 - 09:47 a.m.

    I agree that you should save the squid for research, but what did u name the squid you guys caught 7 years before you caught this one?

  • jaidenb-Wre
    12/10/2014 - 10:32 a.m.

    I think its amazing that they made a huge descovery.Its like impossible to find a closle squid.

  • jamesm-Wre
    12/10/2014 - 01:23 p.m.

    I think this topic is a great one and I can not wait to read more topic from the sea.

  • troyc-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 10:20 a.m.

    I really like this one beacuse its about a big squid.

  • briannar-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 10:25 a.m.

    wow that is so cool.i wonder if theres more of them since they fond two already.

  • jahvona-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 10:25 a.m.

    wow i wonder if i will find a sqid that big one day

  • brandonv-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 10:29 a.m.

    Wow!That squid is huge.It must be big enough for a whole feast for a family to eat.I think it can be for a whole lot sushi right there.This is awesome man.

  • edgarc-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 10:33 a.m.

    i think thats amazing can u share heart facts about it please

  • ridleyt-Wre
    12/11/2014 - 01:13 p.m.

    I did't know that they could grow to be that long! How did they real that thing in the boat. I bet they had a big fishing pole for that big thing!

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