The ocean is full of weird and wonderful creatures. Some of us eat a lot of them, while others don’t. What we don’t encounter every day though, is a MASSIVE giant squid washed up on a beach in Cape Town. This weekend, the rare occasion in Kommetjie had everyone testing out their photography skills. Thankfully, it wasn’t oil or plastic washing up on the beach.
Giant squid washes up on Kommetjie beach
The squid washed up on the beach overnight on Friday into Saturday morning. After the squid was discovered, the authorities were also alerted. A local Cape Town museum has since collected the squid carcass.
The squid’s arrival on the Kommetjie beach has left many marine lovers scratching their heads. Giant squid live in the deepest parts of the ocean and hardly ever wash up on beaches.
Some who saw the Kommetjie squid up close noted that it appears it had been struck by an engine propeller.
“One washed up in St Helena Bay a few years ago. Never before seen on our shores. Really weird.”
@Maliceinwonder8 noted on Twitter
“I had no idea that they were this large. I used to swim in those freezing cold waters. I didn’t know these large creatures were there too.”
@Leeoncemore said on Twitter
A child looks at the giant squid in Kommetjie. Photo: Anthony Turton / Facebook.
Two squid, one week
Earlier this week, a giant squid washed up on a beach in Japan. That squid almost made it out alive though. The Japanese squid was still alive at the time that it washed up. It was over 3.3 metres long.
Remember, these giant squid are not something seen often. The first living giant squid was only seen in 2001. That isn’t long ago at all.