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PICS: This Giant 19-Foot Sea Creature Was Found Off The Kerry Coast And It's Terrifying

By Sarah

May 16, 2017 at 2:05pm

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We hope you're in a safe, brightly lit space with a strong hand to hold nearby because an extremely rare (and HUGE) sea creature was discovered off the coast of Kerry.

The 19-foot long giant squid was caught by a fishing crew on the Porcupine Bank, 120 miles west of Dingle.

RTE report that marine biologist Kevin Flannery said the rare discovery of a giant squid in Ireland is "extremely rare". 

Since marine records began in the country 350 years ago only five specimens have landed in Ireland, with the very first squid also brought ashore in Dingle in 1673.

Only five specimens have been recorded since records began almost 350 years ago

The giant squid (Architeutis) is a deep-ocean dwelling creature which can grow up to 33ft long, and lives mainly in continental and island slopes from the North Atlantic Ocean

The body of the squid is currently at the Dingle Aquarium where it will be studied and dissected by American marine science students from Sacred Heart University, Connecticut.



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Images: Latinamarie_phd instagram 

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