Giant squid a rare discovery off Texas

Giant squid carcass discovered in Gulf by fisherman Michael Belvin and friends. Photo is from Belvin's Facebook page

Giant squid carcass discovered in Gulf by fisherman Michael Belvin and friends. Photo is from Belvin’s Facebook page

Fishermen returning home from a trip 100 miles off the coast of Matagorda, Texas, made a rare discovery Sunday—the carcass of a 200-pound giant squid, reported to be only the fourth sighting in Gulf waters.

Michael Belvin, 25, and some friends were traveling home when something in the water caught their eyes.

"It looked like a white trash bag in the water," Belvin told KTRK. "We pulled it up and it was a giant squid.

"It's crazy what's out there in the ocean with you."

KTRK has the story:

The sea creature measured 10 feet long and was not fully intact.

"It looked like a mako shark bit it, the way the jagged teeth were on the backside of it," Belvin told KTRK. "It was missing about half of its body."

Belvin donated the carcass to marine biologists.

"It’s exciting to find a giant squid off the coast here," Houston Zoo Aquarium Supervisor Mike Concannon told KTRK.

Marine biologists know very little about giant squid because they’re deep-water animals that almost never travel into shallow water unless they’re in trouble, KTRK wrote.

“So this might have been a sick animal that was going toward the surface and got attacked,” said Concannon.

Some things we’ll never know.

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