Deep-Water Giant Squid Found off Coast of Florida

Written by on June 29, 2011 in Marine Life

A rare deep-water giant squid was brought to the University of Florida in Gainesville on Monday.   The squid, 25 feet long, was recovered by recreational fishermen who found it floating on the surface about 12 miles from Jensen Beach.

“It’s so rare to get these specimens and they’re such deep-water animals that we don’t know much about how they live,” said John Slapcinsky, Florida Museum malacology collection manager. “This specimen provides an excellent opportunity to learn things about these creatures we couldn’t find out any other way.”

Here is the full press release from the University of Florida.

Here’s a story by Discovery News with some great photos and even more information on giant squids.

 

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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