Robert Benz and his buddies were fishing Sunday about 12 miles offshore from Port Salerno when they spotted something floating in the water. It turned out to be a 23-foot long giant squid. The main part of the body was about 11-feet long, but with its two long tentacles, it barely fit in the 23-foot boat Benz was riding in.
The specimen was taken to the Florida Museum of Natural History where it was preserved with formalin and tissue samples taken for DNA analysis. Because of its size it will take two weeks to preserve it.
“This is a pretty massive animal,” he said. “It took about six people to move it, and it wasn’t light.”
Scientists believe the squid was a senior. This could explain why it was found of Florida…retirement?