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  Scientist finds world's biggest octopus
Updated 28 March 2002, 14.59
Giant octopus
What could be the world's biggest octopus has been found in a freezer in New Zealand.

It was spotted by a scientist in a big freezer full of giant squid.

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It was caught off the coast of New Zealand last October, is about four metres long and weighs about 12 stone!

An octopus

It has been identified as a type of octopus that's normally found in the sea near Japan, not New Zealand.

Damaged in freezer

Unfortunately it's been a bit damaged since it has been in the freezer.

One scientist said it would have been even more impressive if it was whole.

"It would have looked like a huge jelly fish or a great, big, thick umbrella," he said.

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