A GIANT squid, one of the most mysterious and least understood of marine creatures, has been found floating off the New South Wales south coast.
The Daily Telegraph fishing columnist Al McGlashan discovered the remains of the ocean titan - so fresh it still carried its ruby red colouring - about 50km off Jervis Bay.
The carcass of the giant measured about 3m long, even though most of its tentacles had been bitten off, possibly in a fight to the death with its only known predator, a sperm whale, hundreds of metres below the surface.
"It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn't smell at all and its colours were still strong - most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them," Mr McGlashan said.
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