Giant Squid Lands on Delray Beach

A giant, prehistoric-looking squid made an appearance in Delray Beach, Florida, surprising lifeguards and beachgoers.

The 3-foot-long squid was drifting close to shore before it washed onto the beach, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The orange and yellow squid was wounded and squirting ink "by the cupful," the newspaper reports.

Realizing the marine creature was in trouble, onlookers quickly sprang into action to help the squid back out to sea.

"It's used to being in places that are dark and black," says Delray Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguard Conor Gorman. "To be in the sunshine on the beach was not a good spot."

Gorman and helpers gripped the squid's muscular tentacles and got the creature into a cooler.

Then the lifeguard and a pal released the squid into the sea.

"He'll probably get eaten by a shark," Gorman says. "But I'd rather have [the squid] die in the ocean where it's supposed to."

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, squid inhabit Florida waters year-round. But a spokesman says such a sighting is "very unusual."

Photo, Conor Gorman/Orlando Sentinel

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