RARE PHOTOS: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

 RARE PHOTOS: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale
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Part of a sperm whale's catch--a giant squid--drifts free in one of the rare pictures captured in the Pacific on October 15, 2009.

The whale at right was also photographed carrying the giant morsel in her mouth--rare evidence of the whales' taste for giant squid, which some researchers say can grow to 43 feet (13 meters) long and weigh more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms).

The whales use sophisticated echolocation--similar to sonar--to find their quarry in the pitch blackness of the deep.

(Also see "Largest Squid Ever Caught Is 'Giant, Gelatinous Blob.'")
— Photograph by Tony Wu, Barcroft/Fame Pictures
 
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