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The weirdest creatures to wash ashore


A glimpse below the waves can be like watching a scene from a science-fiction movie, filled with bizarre creatures that would look at home in an alien world. Most of the time these strange animals stick to the murky ocean depths, but occasionally they wash up on land and bewilder beachgoers around the world. Here are some of the weirdest creatures that have washed ashore in the last decade. 

Giant squid

This giant squid called Architeuthis dux and measuring 30 feet long washed ashore in the Spanish community of Cantabria on Oct. 1, 2013.  (Image credit: Enrique Talledo, www.enriquetalledo.com)

Giant squid (Architeuthis dux) have inspired myths and legends for centuries, but a sighting is extremely uncommon. These gargantuan creatures are the world’s largest invertebrates and have the biggest eyes in the animal kingdom. They inhabit deep water and rarely wash up on land. 





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