Largest Colossal Squid specimen found to date
This article was published in a well known newspaper in the United Kingdom during 2007 after a new specimen of colossal squid was recently caught by fishermen off the coast of New Zealand. This discovery caused a lot of controversy because it fully established the existence of the colossal squid as the largest in the world. This challenged previous views of the giant squid as the largest specimen. Fishermen aboard the San Aspiring first spotted the specimen attacking an Antarctic toothfish as they were reeling in their catch. At first they tried to winch the line but upon noticing the squid had little chance of survival, they decided to bring the squid on board in the interest of science. This specimen weighed around 990 pounds, nearly 150 kg heavier than the next largest specimen found in the late 1920s. It is now expected to be preserved at the museum of New Zealand in Wellington.