Colossal Squid Revealed in First In-Depth Look

Giant Colossal Squid Revealed in First In-Depth Look
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The black beak of a colossal squid, shown on April 30, 2008, hints at the giant's mighty bite.

The squid, caught last year off Antarctica, is being examined by scientists hoping to learn more about the elusive creature and its habits.

Experts studying the specimen at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand, measured the beak at 1.67 inches (4.25 centimeters) in length.

Beaks as long as 2 inches (4.9 centimeters) have been found in the stomachs of sperm whales, the scientists noted, suggesting that colossal squid can grow much larger than the current specimen.

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