The 3.7-meter-long squid was spotted by the villager in the beach in Heunghwan-ri, Donghae-myon, Nam-gu in Pohang in North Gyeongsang Province around 11:30 a.m. on the day. The villager reported it to the local maritime police station immediately.
Earlier in July of 2011 even bigger squid was washed up in the nearby industrial city of Ulsan, North Gyeongsang Province. It was measured up to 7.7 meters long.
Similarly large squids were found dead on beaches near Pohang in 2006 and in 2007 respectively.
The giant squid (genus Architeuthis) is a deep-ocean dwelling squid in the family Architeuthidae.
Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size due to deep-sea gigantism: recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 meters (43 feet) for females and 10 meters (33 feet) for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to the colossal squid at an estimated 14 meters (46 feet), one of the largest living organisms).
The mantle is about 2 meters (6.6 feet) long (more for females, less for males), and the length of the squid excluding its tentacles is about 5 meters (16 feet).
Claims of specimens measuring 20 meters (66 feet) or more have not been scientifically documented.
The number of different giant squid species has been debated, but recent genetic research suggests that only one species exists.
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