We have read about the giant squid stories in books, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, but a real one has been discovered near Jervis Bay that measures 12 feet, the largest ever found.
Although it was found dead, it’s proof that this incredible creature lives in our part of the world.
Al McGlashan is the author of The Fishing Bible and is a fishing writer with the Daily Telegraph – he’s also the man who can lay claim to making this awesome sighting!
He says it’s the first time he’s seen this brightly colored creature up close and completely in-tact.
“In all my time of fishing, I’ve never seen calamari rings so big,” he said.
“It was massive.”
Al says he has always wanted to see a giant squid as they are usually so rare.
“They’re sort of one of those mythical things,” he said.
“You hear those stories about ancient mariners getting attacked in their boat… and you only hear about the very occasional one being washed up down in Tassie.”
Al spotted the monstrous creature during a tuna fishing expedition 50 kilometres off the Coast of Jervis Bay.
It’s uncertain exactly how the squid died.
Due to its sheer weight, Al was unable to haul the squid into his boat for an autopsy.