Throwback to finding this deep sea creature around 5 years ago.
Thought it was a log but ended up being a “giant” squid, estimated close to 10ft long. It must’ve been freshly dead because no chunks were missing, skin still on, and didn’t stink. We tried to get the whole thing in the boat but the body was so heavy and the meat so soft that gaffs kept ripping out. We only managed to bring the head in. The most trippy part of this animal is that each sucker on each tentacle had a single tooth/claw. Scratched my hand up pretty good getting it in the boat. Also, instead of traditional longer hunting arms in smaller squid, this one has shorter ones (the 2 closest to the beer cans) with photophores (for emitting light) at the tips, probably used for hunting, mating, or confusing prey animals.
Anyway, I ended up contacting Dr. Donald Kobayashi, Research Fishery Biologist for NOAA and donated the specimen to science, asking to at least get the beaks back by the end of it. This specimen had a DNA analysis and it turned out that it’s closely related to a “Dana Octopus Squid” but could possibly be a new, but similar, species. Therefore I may not be able to get the beaks back. The squid has made its way to some lab in Canada for more testing however I haven’t heard back from them for a few years now.
This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen while fishing. #giantsquid #squid #ika #danaoctopussquid #seamonsters #fishing #sportfishing #taningiadanae #natureismetal #millerlite