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Rare giant squid with massive eye that roams 3,000 feet below ocean’s surface washes up in Cape Town

‘What’s it to you, Moby Dick?’: Rare giant squid with fist-sized bill and huge eye that typically roams 3,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, washes up on the Cape Town coast just months after another appeared six miles away

  • A giant squid found dead on Scarborough Beach near Cape Town, South Africa
  • Twitter user Tim Dee posted video and photos of the colorful squid, which has a fist-sized bill and a giant eye
  • The giant squid is one of the largest known invertebrates – with a maximum size of about 39 to 43 feet for females and 33 feet for males
  • The marine animals usually live at depths of 980 to 3280 feet below the surface of the ocean

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A rare giant squid was found dead on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa, months after another washed ashore six miles away.

Twitter user Tim Dee, who found the strange-looking sea creature on Scarborough Beach on Tuesday, shared photos and videos online showing the giant eye of the colorful squid.

“Giant squids perished on Scarborough beach this morning,” he wrote. “What’s it to you, Moby Dick?”

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Twitter user Tim Dee, who found the strange-looking sea creature (above) on Scarborough Beach on Tuesday, shared photos and videos online showing the giant eye of the colorful squid

Twitter user Tim Dee, who found the strange-looking sea creature (above) on Scarborough Beach on Tuesday, shared photos and videos online showing the giant eye of the colorful squid

The sea creature (above), which looks like something Salvador Dali would have painted, was examined by a marine biologist

The sea creature (above), which looks like something Salvador Dali would have painted, was examined by a marine biologist

The sea creature (above), which looks like something Salvador Dali would have painted, was examined by a marine biologist

Dee’s video shows a marine biologist pulling back flesh to reveal the squid’s huge bill that it uses for hunting and fishing.

The sea creature, which looks like something Salvador Dali would have painted, is also known for its very large eyes — usually up to 11 inches in diameter with a 3.5-inch pupil. Bigger eyes can better detect light, including bioluminescent light, which is hard to find in the depths of the ocean.

The previous squid was found just a few miles down the coast and was reportedly in much worse condition.

Giant squid is one of the largest known invertebrates, although the size is sometimes exaggerated.

Dee's video shows a marine biologist pulling back flesh (above) to reveal the squid's huge bill that it uses for hunting and fishing

Dee's video shows a marine biologist pulling back flesh (above) to reveal the squid's huge bill that it uses for hunting and fishing

Dee’s video shows a marine biologist pulling back flesh (above) to reveal the squid’s huge bill that it uses for hunting and fishing

Known as Architeuthis dux, the squid has a mantle (or torso), eight arms, and two longer tentacles.  His arms and tentacles account for a huge percentage of his height

Known as Architeuthis dux, the squid has a mantle (or torso), eight arms, and two longer tentacles.  His arms and tentacles account for a huge percentage of his height

Known as Architeuthis dux, the squid has a mantle (or torso), eight arms, and two longer tentacles. His arms and tentacles account for a huge percentage of his height

Recent estimates put the maximum size at about 39 to 43 feet for females and 33 feet for males, from the hind fins to the tip of the two long tentacles.

Claims that they reach 66 feet have not been scientifically proven.

Known as Architeuthis dux, the squid has a mantle (or torso), eight arms, and two longer tentacles. Its arms and tentacles account for a huge percentage of its height.

The squid also catches prey with their tentacles, grabs it with serrated suction cup rings and then pulls it to its bill.

The giant squid also have small fins on the back of their mantle that they use for movement — they are propelled by drawing water in through the mantle cavity and pushing it through the siphon.

These creatures usually reside at depths of 980 to 3280 feet below the ocean’s surface.

They can breathe using two large gills in the mantle cavity.

The first pictures of a giant squid in its natural habitat were taken in 2004 by a team of Japanese researchers.

The unique marine animals are mostly found near continental and island slopes from the North Atlantic, especially Newfoundland, Norway, the northern British Isles, Spain and the oceanic island of Azores and Madeira, to the South Atlantic around southern Africa, the North Pacific near Japan and the Southwest Pacific around New Zealand and Australia.

The only known predators of adult giant squids are sperm whales, pilot whales, southern sleeper sharks, and sometimes killer whales.

According to Newsweek, samples of the Scarborough carcass will be collected and taken to the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town for study.

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