Giant Squid caught off Louisiana coast

From The Associated Press:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Government scientists reached down 1,500 feet

off Louisiana's coast and pulled up a giant squid - the first ever

caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

The last time scientists got a giant squid from the Gulf, it was

1954 and the animal was dead and floating.

This one, caught alive, was hauled up July 30. National

Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration scientists were

surveying marine mammals in U.S. waters and making a trial run for

a January study of what sperm whale eat in that area.

The squid is just over 19½ feet long and weighed 103 pounds.

It's now at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington,

where scientists expect to thaw it out next month for study.

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