February 3, 2023

Athens News

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Crete: on the beach found a huge "brother" squid

A giant trapsalo (not to be confused with a squid!), washed ashore, was discovered by bathers on one of the beaches in Crete.

A huge marine life (θράψαλο) was spotted by the president of the municipal community of Mornion and the “walrus” Michalis Schinas, along with other swimmers, on the beach of Chrysis Aktis. In his facebook post, Mr Schinas says that the cephalopod* was washed up by the sea and was already dead when it was found on the shore. Its length was 108 cm, according to ertnews.gr.

** Thrapsalo (θράψαλο) is a species of cephalopod mollusc of the order Ceuthidae. Usually an individual is about 30 centimeters long, but can reach 1 meter and weigh up to 15 kilograms. Distinctive features are a long narrow body and a triangular fin (smaller than that of a squid). It has 10 tentacles with suction cups. Lives on sandy bottom. It is found in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as in the Mediterranean and North Seas. Its meat is tougher than that of squid, and therefore the price is lower. Fishermen often use it as bait on the hook.

Last year, “half-dead” trapsalos were already found on the same beach. And 5-6 years ago, according to Neakriti.gr, the same winter bather found a similar huge individual on Aptera beach.

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