A giant ‘kraken’ carcass with saucer-sized eyes has washed ashore in South Africa

The massive, shoot-covered carcass of a giant squid washed up on the rocky shore of Scarborough Beach in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday (August 16). The beast, which was almost 14 feet (4.3 meters) long, was the second giant squid to appear on a beach in the region this year, according to the South African news site news24 (opens in new tab).

The last known giant squid (Chief Architect) to washing ashore near Cape Town appeared about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Scarborough Beach, on Long Beach in Kommetjie, on April 30, Live Science previously reported. Che cephalopods measured approximately 11.5 feet (3.5 m) long. By comparison, the largest giant squid ever seen was a whopping 43 feet (13 m) long, and some studies suggest the creatures could potentially reach lengths of 66 feet (20 m), although squids of this size were never noticed.

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