Monster Squid Speculation
A 10 meter squid is being thawed for study. (News source.)
"On a museum blog following the progress of the thaw, Chris Paulin -- who is projects manager at the museum, known as Te Papa Tongarewa, said Tuesday that the beak of the colossal squid has been exposed as the flesh defrosts.
"The size of the lower beak -- used to chop prey into bite sized pieces -- is around 43 to 45 millimetres.
"Colossal squid lower beaks previously found in the stomachs of sperm whales have been as long as 49 millimetres.
"Extrapolating the relationship between the length of the beak and body size from another smaller specimen being examined suggests the species could grow much bigger, Paulin said." ...
"One of the scientists leading the examination, Auckland University of Technology squid expert Steve O'Shea, said it was difficult to say how much bigger the monster squid could grow.
"'What we know from that one measurement is that the beak of this animal from the stomachs of sperm whales are considerably larger,' O'Shea told Radio New Zealand.
"'We make the leap to say the colossal squid grows considerably larger than the 495 kilogram one we are currently defrosting.'"