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Scientists dissect rare colossal squid

If you've ever wanted to see a live squid dissection, today is your lucky day.

A rare colossal squid, which Antarctic fishermen caught last December, was dissected by scientists Tuesday on a live webcast from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. The female squid, which weighs a whopping 770 pounds, is one of just two adult colossal squid ever discovered.

Colossal squid have the largest beaks of any species of squid, Circa reports, and they're tied with giant squid for having the biggest eyes of any animal. Colossal squid also have hooks inside the suckers of their tentacles to grasp prey, making them fascinating research specimens. Check out the dissection in the video below, courtesy of Science Live. --Meghan DeMaria