The Australian DailyTelegraph fishing columnist – and big-game fisherman – Al McGlashan has come across a 13-foot squid.

A large blue shark was also interested in the unusual find and got his pound of flesh before cruising away.

McGlashan discovered the squid yesterday 50km from shore off the coast of Jervis Bay – but it was so big he could not bring it on to the boat.

“You hear those stories about ancient mariners getting attacked in their boat … and you only hear about the very occasional one being washed up down in Tassie [Tasmania],” he told media.

Squid specialist Mandy Reid said the squid may have been killed by a sperm whale, or died of natural causes.

She said: “Most squid only live for a year, they grow extremely quickly.”

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