The “Giant Squid Attack By Shark” video is going viral with more than 400,000 views.
The footage which was shot off the coast of Australia shows an extremely rare, vibrant squid being chomped at by a hungry 8-foot blue shark. The rare squid appears to have been attacked by a sperm whale or another squid first. And in the case of shark vs. rare squid carcass, it seems the shark is the clear winner.
Footage was shot while fisherman were on a tuna expedition, according to Examiner.com. The expedition turned into a marvelous discovery when they spotted the rare squid’s floating carcass. Even though the squid was not found alive, its body floating in that part of the world proves that the rare squid exists in Australia.
Al McGlashan, a fishing writer for The Daily Telegraph and author of The Fishing Bible, found the gigantic mollusk. He told 702 ABC Radio in Sydney that he was elated to see the brightly-colored squid in person.
The carcass of the squid was about three meters long — around nine feet — and was missing most of its tentacles, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“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 was quoted as saying.
Dr. Mandy Reid, an Australian museum specialist, told the newspaper that giant squid would not taste like the delectable calamari served in restaurants.
And finding a giant squid, no matter how fresh, does not mean a calamari feast will follow.
“They taste really bad, the flesh has an intense ammonia smell,” Dr Reid told The Daily Telegraph. “Ammonia makes the squid less dense than seawater, giving it neutral buoyancy so it doesn’t waste energy constantly swimming.”
Giant squid may taste appalling to humans, but are reportedly a treat for sharks.
Take a look at the trending video.