Watch scientists cut open a colossal squid and find eggs inside

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Enormous squid have fascinated humankind since some of our earliest recorded seafaring days (see: the myth of the Kraken). But it is still rare that we get to see such elusive, majestic creatures up close. Now, anyone with access to YouTube can see what a 770-pound colossal squid (heavier and shorter than the confusingly similarly named “giant squid,” but actually a different species) looks like inside and out. Scientists at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and their colleagues from the Auckland University of Technology performed a dissection of an extremely well-persevered dead colossal squid on camera yesterday, cutting into select parts, including its beak and mantle. What they found did not disappoint them.

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