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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Marine scientists studying the carcass of a rare colossal squid said Wednesday they had measured its eye at 27 centimeters (10.8 inches) across — larger than a dinner plate and the biggest animal eye on earth.
One of the quid's two eyes, with a lens as big as an orange, was found intact as the scientists examined the creature while it was slowly defrosted at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. It has been preserved there since being caught in the Ross Sea off Antarctica's northern coast last year.
"This is the only intact eye (of a colossal squid) that's ever been found. It's spectacular," said Auckland University of Technology squid specialist Kat Bolstad, one of a team of international scientists brought in to examine the creature.
"It's the largest known eye in the animal kingdom," Bolstad told The Associated Press.
The squid is the biggest specimen ever caught of the rare and mysterious deep-water species Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, or colossal squid. It is 26-feet long and weighs almost 1,089-pound, but scientists believe the species may grow up to 46 feet long.
This specimen here has an eye as big as a soccer ball with a lense the size of an orange, it is the largest eye ever seen or studied.
Originally posted by antar
It is very disturbing that these deep sea animals once never seen by man are now finding themselves in the same category as beached whales and other endangered species.
What is going on and why are they dying and becoming more common place today than ever before in recored history?
Good to see you K0s! I have missed seeing you around the UFO forums.
mikesingh our new conspiracy master, what do you think?