October 5, 2013
On Tuesday, a thirty-foot long, 400 pound squid washed up on the beach at La Arena beach in the Spanish community of Cantabria.
According to news reports, it is a specimen of Architeuthis dux, the largest invertebrate (animals without backbones) on Earth.
The giant squid is currently at the Maritime Museum of Cantabria, according to El Diario Montanes.
Perhaps fortuitously, an underwater photographer happened to be in the area at precisely the time the squid washed ashore. “I felt privileged to be among a few, these animals rarely can be seen, because they live at great depths and very few appear on the coast dead,” Enrique Talledo told LiveScience in an email. “Its appearance is similar to a sea monster, well-adapted to life in the depths.”