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