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Asturias fisherman finds giant squid nine metres long
thinkSPAIN , Sunday, August 18, 2013

A GIANT squid has been caught by a fisherman in Asturias and is said to weigh over 80 kilos.

It was seen floating on the surface of the sea just off Merón beach in Villaviciosa late on Friday evening, and was transported to the port of Gijón, the capital of the northern region.

A team from the Coordinator of Marina Species Protection and Study (CEPESMA) has taken charge of the fish, one of the most mysterious species in the world, and it will be frozen and put on display in its 'giant squid museum' once a post-mortem has been carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

CEPESMA's museum in Luarca, Asturias is said to be one of the world's biggest collections of giant squid, a species that can reach nine metres (just over 29 feet) in length, have eight 'arms' and two extended tentacles.

The Cantabrian sea – the part of the Atlantic which the three northern Spanish regions of Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia back onto – is said to contain a high number of giant squid although none have been found and brought ashore in the last four years.

It had never been filmed in its natural habitat until January 2012 when a Japanese television company managed to catch a colony of them on camera around 15 kilometres off the island of Chichijima, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.

Although it is not known just how many species of giant squid there are in the world, parts of the coast of Asturias near the Picos de Europa mountain range as well as off the shores of parts of New Zealand are said to have a strong population of these peculiar sea creatures.

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