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Worlds Largest Squid

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One of the world's largest squids ever caught is being dissected in public at the Melbourne Museum.

The 245-kilogram squid is 12 metres long and was caught by fishermen off the coast of Portland in May.

It is the largest giant squid Australian researchers have ever found and only 30 kilograms lighter than the largest giant squid ever discovered.

The Museum's Senior Curator of Molluscs, Dr Mark Norman, is expecting the dissection to shed more light on the animal.

He said the dissection will go through all the of the external features to describe and measure everything. Then the stomach contents will be examined.

He said the giant squid has a tongue covered in sharp teeth.

"It's like the tip of a chainsaw for chewing up their food so they're pretty impressive animals," he said.

"This is the first time the museum has done a dissection in a public forum and we expect the interest to be enormous."

He said the squid has smell organs on the entrance to their gill cavity, three hearts and blue blood.

Their brains are doughnut shaped and the oesophagus goes through the middle.

"So they have to puree their food or else they get splitting headaches when they swallow," he said.

http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/

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