A rare citing of a 13-foot Squid's carcass, partially eaten by sharks, has made for another YouTube sensation.
The enormous creature was spotted by Daily Telegraph fishing columnist, Al McGlashan, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. In all my time on the water-and I've spent 200-plus days out there-I've never seen anything like it, McGlashan told The Grind. The carcass was about 13 feet long, even though most of its tentacles had been bitten off. It is thought that the giant squid fought to its death with a sperm whale, prior to surfacing, the Daily Telegraph reported.
It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn't smell at all and its colors were still strong - most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them, McGlashan told the Daily Telegraph. Giant squids don't have a long life spam; they typically grow extremely quickly and then die after a year, squid specialist Mandy Reid told the telegraph.
The squid was too large for McGlashan to load onto his boat, but it wasn't the greatest loss as the sea creature doesn't make for the best tasting calamari, according to Reid.
They taste really bad, the flesh has an intense ammonia smell, she said. Ammonia makes the squid less dense than seawater, giving it neutral buoyancy so it doesn't waste energy constantly swimming.
McGlashan's YouTube video shows that sharks had no reservations about the ammonia. A 2.5m blue shark went straight up to the squid and started feasting on its remains, taking large chunks out of the carcass.
It goes to show not much goes to waste in the natural world. Everything gets recycled somehow. McGlashan told the Telegraph.