It seems that the squid was either attacked by another squid or a shark. When it was found, a hungry 8-foot blue shark was feasting on its remains. “It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn’t smell at all and its colors were still strong,” says Al McGlashan, the fishing writer who found the ginormous creature. “Most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them,” added McGlashan.
Very few people have ever caught a glimpse of these mammoth creatures, and it often goes undocumented, but alas, the fishing writer had the wherewithal to grab a cam. It’s been said that they usually avoid tropical waters and polar latitudes. This discovery proves that the rare squid does exist in Australia.
“In all my time of fishing, I’ve never seen calamari rings so big,” reveals McGlashan. But before your mouth starts watering for some succulent calamari, think again.
Dr. Mandy Reid, an Australian museum specialist, advises against this mollusk feast. “They taste really bad, the flesh has an intense ammonia smell. Ammonia makes the squid less dense than seawater, giving it neutral buoyancy so it doesn’t waste energy constantly swimming.”
Hmmm, fair enough. It seemed to be a fine feast for our shark friends. Check out the video below.