It's no surprise that the ocean is filled with majestic, mysterious, and occasionally terrifying specimens, but you don't generally expect to find yourself face-to-face with any of them unless you're out in the open water or gawking at them through an aquarium tank's glass. That's why it must have been quite a bit startling for a trio of siblings in New Zealand, when they stumbled upon a monster giant squid on the beach while searching for a spot to go diving.
Brothers Daniel, Jack, and Matthew Aplin were recently driving along the coast in Wellington, New Zealand, looking for a good place to suit up and go for a dive together, when they spotted the freakishly huge cephalopod washed ashore, according to a report from news.com.au. The three men were struck by its size, and decided to get a closer look.
"My brother said 'what's that over there?' and pointed it out," Daniel told the radio station Newstalk ZB in an interview. "It was right next to the track so we pulled over and we were like: 'It's a big squid'."
It was big indeed, measuring nearly 14 feet-long, or about as long as two and a half queen mattresses. Naturally, the guys decided to pose for a couple pics with it.