A giant 495kg squid caught in water off Antarctica February 2006 is slowly being thawed and examined more closely by scientists in New Zealand. Dr. S. O'Shea says the giant squid was not fully grown when it was caught and that these giant squid can grow to 750kg. That is one huge amount of calamari to crumb. There has only been 75 of the sea giants found and this particular one great caution has to be taken with the thawing process due to the sheer size as while it will be frozen in the middle, the outside will begin to rot.
The eyes of this Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (scientific name) measure 27 cm across and you can only see 10cm of the eye from the outside . The enormous squid has the largest eyes known in the animal world.
Marine biologists are continuing to unlock the secrets of the giant squid, saying the deep-sea monster may not be a cannibal as previously thought.
It was thought the species was cannibalistic when parts of a fellow giant squid were found in the stomach of a specimen caught off Tasmania's west coast in 1999.
But New Zealand based marine biologist Steve O'Shea believes that was the result of some bizarre mating methods.
He says the creatures do not mean to eat each other but the females accidentally bite bits off of the males during mating.http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200602/s1563818.htm