australia melbourne 971989 l Giant Squid Going Under the Knife

Giant Frozen Squid. photo by: Hideki Saito

A giant female Squid caught by a New Zealand fishing boat in the Antarctic last year, is finally set to undergo dissection Te Papa. The squid weighed in at an astounding 490kilograms, or 1,080 pounds! Up until its capture, the squid has remained frozen, and is now in the process of being thawed out for dissection at the museum. The museum is planning on having a web video of the procedure, for those who want to watch. Scientists are hoping to find what this enourmous squid has been eating, by removing the stomach and examining its contents. The dissection should take a couple of days to complete.

To read the entire article (and to find the link to the dissection, live feed) please visit ONENEWS at:  http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1318360/1746926

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