The cephalopod was caught in the net of Spanish fishing trawler less than 50 km off the coast in the Bay of Biscay, where its deep sea troughs provide the ideal habitat for the giant squid.
¿A ti también te pasa que cuando capturan un calamar gigante te lo imaginas en una tapa gigante frito con ajetes? pic.twitter.com/T4JoSsAoDA— Atroz con Leche (@atrozcon) November 25, 2015
Anyone else see a giant calamari and think of it as a giant tapas fried in garlic?"
The mysterious creatures of the deep are thought to have been the inspiration for sea monsters in Norse legends and Greek myths and were not caught on camera until 2004.
At least thirty examples of giant squid - from the genus Architeuthis – have been caught in Spanish waters in the last few years and a Giant Squid Centre has been established in Valdés, Asturias.
The squid, which was brought to shore aboard the Minchos Sexto trawler on Monday night has been handed over to Cepesma, an organization coordinating the study and protection of marine species.