Imagine their surprise, when a family strolling along a South African beach, stumbled upon a rare sight. They found an intact giant squid washed ashore near Cape Town.
The giant squid was found in Britannia Bay, a small seaside town on the West Coast of the Cape Province.
The town is named after a British East Indian Company ship that ran aground on a reef in the bay.
There had been rough seas the previous night, and it is thought that the colossal squid had been washed up onto the beach by the huge waves.
“We looked for bite marks or injuries but could not find anything,” Grosse explained. With no marks on the squid’s body, it is impossible to be sure why it had been beached.
“Honestly, it looked like a majestic prehistoric animal,” exclaimed Adele Grosse, who discovered the animal.
At first, the squid was still breathing.
Richard Davies, a local man who also went to observe the giant squid, described how sad he felt as he watched the creature dying.
“It was still pumping out ink and I touched one of its tentacles which sucked onto my hand and I had to use some force to remove it,” he claimed.
Davies tried to return it to the water, but it was too heavy to move so he left it to “die in dignity.” Photos of the animal were soon circulating on social media.
At first, no-one was sure what type of marine animal it was.
Davies searched for information on Google and they all realized that they had made an amazing discovery.
Giant Squid – Real Or Mariner’s Myths
Ancient mariners told tales and drew sketches of giant squid, but most people did not believe the stories.
Instead, they presumed that it was the myth of the Kraken, recorded in Nordic folktales.
The discovery of this giant squid, in perfect condition, proves beyond doubt that they not mythical creatures.
The existence of giant squid was only verified by the scientific community about 150 years ago when there was a sighting in 1848 near St Helena Island, off the African coast.
Incredible Opportunity For Scientists
Marine Biologists from the Iziko Museum recovered the giant squid and plan to take advantage of this rare event to study the animal.
Dr. Florence and colleagues will use tissue samples for DNA analysis. It will later become part of the natural science collection at the museum.
Giant Squid, in their natural habitat, were captured on video for the first time seven years ago.