Unusual catch off the coast of Kerry.
As fisheries scientists from around the world gathered at an international conference in Cork, news came in of an unusual catch off the coast of Kerry.
The story of a giant squid that was caught off the coast of Dingle, Co. Kerry. This was the first squid to caught this century. There are only three records of such a fish being caught since the 15th century on the Irish coast. This RTÉ News report shows the squid being examined by fisheries scientists. Reporter Tom McSweeney speaks to University College Cork (UCC) scientist, Colm Lordan, about the catch.
The fish was caught by local fishermen on board the 'Shannon' trawler. Identified as architeuthis, a rare giant squid according to Lordan, it is the main prey of sperm whales. There are only about 60 records of these species worldwide.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 May 1995. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.