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Anyone for calamari? Fishermen net giant squid off northern Spain

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Anyone for calamari? Fishermen net giant squid off northern Spain
Photo: Cepesma
12:06 CET+01:00
A giant squid measuring 10 meters long and weighing in at a whooping 150 kgs has been caught off the coast of Asturias.

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.

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.

One even washed up on the beach two years ago.

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.

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