Giant squid corpse with half-eaten tentacles stuns tourists on New Zealand beach

A half-buried giant squid on the beach at Farewell Spit nature reserve in New Zealand. (Image credit: Anton Donaldson)

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One of the deep sea’s most elusive and spectacular creatures, the giant squid (Architeuthis dux), recently astonished a group of tourists after it washed up as a half-eaten corpse on a New Zealand beach. A tour guide who was leading the group at the time described the chance finding as a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. 

The colossal cephalopod, with a mantle measuring around 13 feet (4 meters) long, was discovered Sept. 9 on the beach at Farewell Spit, a nature reserve in the north of South Island. A lone guide from the nature tour agency Farewell Spit Tours found the remains, which were half buried in sand, and quickly alerted a nearby tour group to come and take a look. After diverting to examine the squid’s corpse, the group spent time marveling at the amazing animal and snapping photos next to the rare remains.

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