(SYDNEY) — A rare giant squid being eaten by an 8-foot shark off the Australian coast has been caught on video and spread around the Web.
The squid, measuring nearly 10 feet, is filmed floating alongside a fishing boat, where a columnist from Australia’s Daily Telegraph spotted it. The bright red squid had already been partially eaten, likely by its only known predator, a sperm whale, according to columnist Al McGlashan.
“It must have died not that long before we found it because it didn’t smell at all and its colors were still strong – most giant squid remains are smelly and rotten and just off-white by the time someone finds them,” McGlashan said in the newspaper.
The video of the encounter shows a blue shark swimming up and taking a bite out of the side of the squid as it lingers next to the boat.
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Andreas Preuss, CNN
Susan Scutti, CNN