10 strange animals that washed ashore in 2020

The ocean is filled with creatures that may seem strange to human eyes. But every now and then these strangers appear from the depths on dry ground. Here are ten cases when these ocean animals came ashore in 2020 (or were spied on).

The dead giant squid (Architeuthis dux) found on Golden Mile Beach in Britannia Bay, South Africa. (Image credit: Adéle Grosse)

It is rare to see a giant squid (Architeuthis dux), people noticed when they washed ashore in Cape Town, South Africa on 7 June. This squid looks very eccentric – their eight arms and two tentacles are covered with toothed suckers with powerful suction; they have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom (measuring 1 foot or 30 centimeters in diameter); and they can reach up to 18 meters in length.