A representative from the New Zealand Department of Conservation told the Herald that the divers most likely found a giant squid (Architeuthis dux) and not a colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis
A total of 302 cephalopod lower beaks were recovered, which was identified as Mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni (n = 99), Kondakovia longimana (n = 22), Gonatus antarcticus (n = 57), Haliphron atlanticus (n = 19), two species of Histioteuthis spp.
But that may be relatively small, scientists say after initial examination, suggesting other colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni) under the chilly Antarctic waters might grow much larger.
Measuring 10 metres (33 feet) in length and weighing in at 495 kilograms (1,091 pounds), the ten-tentacled beast--now classified as a Colossal Squid (or Mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni)--is one of only a few of its kind to have been captured by man, outweighing the previous largest find by 195 kilograms (430 Ibs).
Colossal squid, scientific name Mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni, are estimated to grow to 46ft long and are one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep ocean.
However, a few monsters, like the Nordic tale of the Kraken--a large and ferocious squid-like animal--may have a basis in reality, as shown by the recovery last year of an intact colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0423_030423_seamonsters.html), complete with hooklike tentacles and eyes the size of dinner plates.
The 330 lb, 16 ft immature female mesonychoteuthis
hamiltoni was caught on the surface of the Ross Sea, Auckland University of Technology research fellow Steve O'Shea said yesterday.