The remains of a giant squid, possibly about 8 metres long, was spotted floating about two miles from the coast of Los Gigantes. The discovery was made by a film crew from the company Aquawork, who was preparing a documentary about the cetaceans’ colony in these waters.
The specimen of the genus Architheuthis was found last month in front of Los Gigantes cliff.
“The animal was in good general condition although some of the tentacles and the eyes were missing. It also showed its original pigmentation,” said Rafa Herrero, a documentary maker, to EFE agency.
According to Ángel Gerrea, professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research(CSIC) and one of the leading specialists in cephalopods in the world, “it is possibly an adult female, which could be about 8 metres long with intact tentacles.”
Samples of the squid’s suckers and beak were taken and send the Association for the Study of Cetaceans in the Canary Islands (SECAC).