Al McGlashan, a writer of fishing-related topics, came across a rare sight in the sea around 30 miles off Jervis Bay in New South Wales when he, along with his team, was searching for tuna and swordfish. They were in the sea when they saw a dead giant squid floating in water. It had a bright orange color and was around twelve feet long. Al McGlashan was surprised to find the squid, which has become a part of old fishing stories now.
“In all my time of fishing, I’ve never seen calamari rings so big. It was massive. They’re sort of one of those mythical things,” McGlashan said, as reported in a post of the ABC blog. “You hear those stories about ancient mariners getting attacked in their boat... and you only hear about the very occasional one being washed up down in Tassie,” he added.
McGlashan was very excited to discover the giant creature in the sea when he was not even looking for it. It was too big to be lifted up on their boat for further examination. The squid was already dead and there was no clue about its cause of death.
Al McGlashan writes a weekly article in the Daily Telegraph. In his Friday's column, he tells about his discovery. "The squid must have died not that long before we found it because it didn't smell at all and its colors were still strong. Most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them," he writes, as reported on intuitivefred888.blogspot.com.
The size of the squid, according to McGlashan, indicates that it was not a fully grown giant squid, as they are around 50 feet in size if fully grown.
It is being thought that the squid might have been a victim of sperm whale, which is a known attacker of the squids. The area where the squid was found has sperm whales too, but McGlashan’s team did not have an encounter with any whale during the expedition.
Ocean life researchers and enthusiasts have a chance to see the giant squid closely through the photographs taken by McGlashan’s team.