The remains of a giant squid washed up on a beach in Cantabria, Spain.
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Science, Video.
Photo: YouTube screenshot / El Diario Montanes

Earlier this year, there was excitement over the first successful footage of the giant squid in their natural habitat. The giant squid is an elusive species, living in the far depths of the ocean. The footage was recorded from aboard a submersible at a depth of over 2,000 feet.

So, as you can imagine, excitement ensued when a giant squid washed up last week on La Arena beach in Cantabria, Spain. According to Science World Report, the remains of the 30 feet long, 400 pound squid were found almost completely intact.

The squid’s body was sent to the Maritime Museum of Cantabria where it is being held for preservation, and until it is determined whether it will be displayed on exhibit in the museum or dissected for research purposes. The museum does have two smaller squids on exhibit.

The giant squid is the largest known invertebrate on the planet, and their eyes can be as large as a human head, reports NBC News. It is believed that the enlarged eyes help the squid to better see in the darkness of the deep ocean. Researchers also believe that they typically live in cooler waters, where their blood is better able to carry oxygen. The giant squid is also known to have a complex nervous system and brain.

The giant squid’s size and mysterious existence is believed to have inspired the legend of the infamous ocean monster, the Kraken.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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