"Dr Steve O'Shea, from the Auckland University of Technology, says the previous largest find weighed 300 kilograms.
He says if calamari were made from the squid the rings would be the size of tractor tyres."
London Doubledecker tires, surely, good Doctor!
I'm thrilled and overjoyed at this, but sorry for the squid itself, obviously. So, will we now finally find out? Large eyes but mostly internalized, looking out thorough relatively tiny slits, as the first pictures seem to suggest?
New Zealand fishermen catch rare squid
[SIZE=-1]Miami Herald, FL - 19 minutes ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, ...[/SIZE]
10m Colossal Squid Landed By NZ Fishermen
[SIZE=-1]ShortNews.com, Germany - 17 minutes ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Fishermen in New Zealand have landed what is believed to be a world-record-breaking squid.The squid which took two hours to land in Antarctic waters weighs ...[/SIZE]
...and this 450kg monster definitely is not the one we've recently seen pics of, since that one had a massive wound in the dorsal portion of the mantle. No such injury is visible in the AP-credited photo run by The Australian, or the BBC-hosted Getty Images shot (similar, but better)....
Edit:...as Architeuthoceras has already discovered!
I can recall from this site that it used to host an image of a huge, big mantle, big finned crimson squid, just below the surface; tiny black eyes. I think at the time Steve commented on that particular one that it was perhaps a spent female Moroteuthis. I would really like to get my hands on that since ommitted (!) photograph now, I feel a strange sense of recognition...