Grant Eberle has seen his fair share of squids in his 20 years at Humboldt State University’s marine laboratory, but none have been as large as the one he got this week.

Splayed out on a metal tray in the Trinidad-based laboratory was a member of the world’s third largest squid species — the robust clubhook squid. Weighing in between 60 to 70 pounds and at least 12 feet in length from mantle to tentacle tip, Eberle said it was the largest squid he had ever seen.

“This is a special treat from the sea we don’t see that often,” he said. “This is the third one I’ve seen in 20 years. We’ll certainly expose as many students as we can to this guy.”

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