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Last Updated: Thursday December 22 2005 16:51 GMT

Frozen giant squid goes on show

Giant squid
A 7m long squid, frozen in one of the biggest blocks of ice in Australia, has gone on show at the Melbourne aquarium.

The monster squid, nicknamed Archi, was already dead when a fishing crew pulled it from the sea.

A spokesman from the Melbourne aquarium said it was the first time they had managed to encase a giant squid, after three earlier failed attempts.

The huge creatures can grow up to 18m long and are thought to be able to kill sperm whales.

It's claimed they can weigh up to 300kg, and live at a depth of up to 1km under the sea.

Very little is known about the undersea monsters, and they have only been filmed once.

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