Rare Giant Squid Washes Onto Shores of South African Beach
by Nora McGreevey/Smithsonianmag.com
A rare giant squid washed ashore on a South African beach earlier this month, reports Amy Gibbings for News24. The 13.7-foot-long, deep-sea dweller was stranded on a beach along Britannia Bay in southwest South Africa. Beachgoers discovered the creature and alerted officials on the morning of June 7.
Richard Davies, one of the people who captured footage of the stranded squid, says that the creature was still alive when he came across it. “It was sad because I could see it was dying,” Davies tells News24. “It was still pumping out ink and I touched one of its tentacles which sucked onto my hand and I actually had to use some force to remove it.”
Adéle Grosse of Cape Town happened upon the squid during an early morning walk with her husband, she tells Laura Geggel of Live Science. She says that her first impulse was to try to move it back into the ocean, but she quickly realized it was dead. “Oh my word, seeing it at first really took my breath away,” she tells Geggel. “Honestly, it looked like a majestic prehistoric animal.”