Giant squid wash up on South African shores
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the animal kingdom with a diameter of 25 centimeters, according to scientists.
They evolved such large eyes to adapt to deep-sea darkness.
Giant squid have very few enemies due to their size and habitat.
However, they are the preferred prey of sperm whales and are often spotted in the stomachs of navigator whales, southern sleeper sharks, and sometimes even killer whales.
Specimens collected from the squid carcass in Scarborough will be taken to the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town for study.
Cape Town resident Tim Dee spotted a giant squid dead on Scarborough Beach near the Cape of Good Hope on Aug. 16.
Dee shared photos and videos of giant squid with big eyes on Twitter.
In the video, an ocean biologist examines the squid carcass and flips over the meat that obscures the animal’s predatory and feeding beak.