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Squid has 'world's biggest eye'

A squid eye, now collapsed

Close-up of the eyes, now collapsed

Scientists who are inspecting the world's largest squid say they reckon the huge animal has the biggest set of eyes ever.

The rare dead squid is being examined by experts who hope to find out more about the unusual creature.

As long as a double-decker bus, it weighs about 495kg and its eyes would have been the size of a football.

The eyes were used to help the scary squids when hunting prey in the deep dark Southern Ocean.

Professor Eric Warrant said: "These are without doubt the largest eyes that have ever been studied, and probably among the largest eyes that have existed during the history of the animal kingdom."

Scientists froze the squid when it was caught to preserve it, then had to microwave it to defrost it.

The fishermen who caught the squid decided to take it back to shore when they realised it was too ill to release back into the deep Antarctic waters.