A giant squid carcass has been discovered on a Marlborough beach.
The 1.5 metre squid is believed to have washed ashore over the weekend, near Cape Campbell lighthouse.
Department of Conservation spokeswoman Clare Duston said the squid has giant eyes, with tentacles around half-a-metre long.
She said the squid appears to be in good condition, but has some injuries to its tentacles.
Photographs of the squid have been sent to Te Papa for research purposes, but the carcass will be left to decompose on the beach.
In comparison, the colossal squid which is on display at the Wellington museum is around 4 metres long.
- with Newstalk ZB