This 300-kilogram female giant squid (Architeuthis species) is being examined by marine biologist Steve O’Shea. Caught on the Mernoo Bank north-east of Banks Peninsula in 1998, it measured 10 metres. Giant squid spend most of their life in deep water and can move at up to 40 kilometres per hour.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.