Saturday 23 March 2019

Fisherman lands rare giant squid off the Kerry coast - the second in just two months

Sasha Brady

A giant squid has been landed by fishermen in West Kerry.

It's the second giant squid that has been captured by the same trawler in two months.

The 5.5 metre-long Architeuthis was caught by the crew of Cu na Mara during a trawl on the Porcupine Bank, according to RTE News.

The mysterious squid is one of the ocean's most elusive creatures.

It's the seventh specimen to be landed in Ireland since records began 350 years ago.

Skipper of Cu na Mara, Patrick Flannery, said they caught the second giant squid not too far from where the first one was spotted two months ago.

"When we opened the net we couldn't believe it, that it was another one. The lads were very excited. What are the chances of two in the one year," he told RTE News.

His father Mick Flannery caught two giant squid in 1995.

"My father has two and I have two. I'll probably have to catch a third now so that I can have bragging rights," he added.

The giant squid, "Architeuthis" to scientists, is sometimes described as one of the last mysteries of the ocean, as it resides so deep underwater that humans have limited access to it.

It can grow up to a length of over 12 metres, due to deep-sea giantism.

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