Colossal squid found in New Zealand waters

March 22, 2007 06:30

A colossal half-ton squid, believed to be the largest ever caught, may be destined for the microwave oven. But researchers say they don't want to cook the massive creature - just defrost it so they can study it better. Scientists at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, have taken possession of the beast that took fishermen two hours to land after it was netted by chance in Antarctic waters last month and was frozen soon afterward to preserve it. Expert Steve O'Shea said the squid had weighed in at 495 kilograms (1,089 pounds) and measured 10 meters (33 feet) long - heavier but shorter than initial estimates of 450 kilograms (990 lbs) and 12 meters (39 feet).

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