Welp, that’s another country we can cross off the list of potential vacation destinations. It’s fun to travel to places like Roswell or Loch Ness where there are myths of aliens and other creatures, but it’s a little less exciting to visit a place where real monsters live. In Wellington, New Zealand, a group of boys were walking along the beach when they came across something out of an aquatic nightmare: a 14-foot-long giant squid with tentacles long enough to plunge from the free throw line.
brothers named Jack, Daniel and Matthew Alpin. After taking obligatory photos posing with the carcass of the animals, they approached the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research to have the creature picked up. We’re not exactly sure what the institute does with the dead monsters, but it’s probably not a pretty sight.
The existence of giant squids isn’t news, but the scariest part is that experts say they bathe quite regularly in that part of the world. Worse still, the one the Alpin brothers found could be considered a dwarf compared to other giant squids. The largest ever found was crazyand weighed nearly a ton. The average is around 33 feet, which (in case you’re doing the math at home) is more than twice the size of the photo above. Giant squids live in all of the world’s oceans and hunt deep-sea fish and other squid, so unless you’re poking around their neighborhood for a snack, you should be safe.
If a giant squid ends up on a beach, it’s probably dead and washed up there by the waves. There areof live squid stranding, but civilian bathers should not try to return them to the sea on their own. Just like the Alpin brothers, call your local authorities and let the professionals handle it