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Rare 770-Pound Colossal Squid Dissected by Scientists

Image: John Bennett
In this Dec. 2013 photo provided by a crew member of the boat San Aspring of New Zealand fishing company Sanford, Capt. John Bennett shows a colossal squid he and and his crew caught on the boat in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea. The creature, which has tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates, was caught a mile below the surface. Sanford Fishing Co. via AP file

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Scientists on Tuesday dissected what is believed to be only the second intact specimen of a colossal squid ever discovered. Each of the 770-pound beast's eight legs was more than three feet long. It was hauled from a mile below the surface of Antarctica's remote Ross Sea. The female had been frozen for eight months before scientists at the Auckland University of Technology thawed it out, using a forklift to hoist it into a tank. "This is essentially an intact specimen, which is almost an unparalleled opportunity for us to examine," said squid scientist Kat Bolstad. "This is a spectacular opportunity." About 142,000 people from 180 countries watched streaming footage of the squid dissection on the Internet.

- The Associated Press
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