The Giant Squid

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A squid is an elongated fast moving cephalopod which comprises of about 300 known species. Squid ranges from few inches to six foot long in size. Most of them eat smaller crustaceans with the help of eight tentacle like arms with sucking cups and two extended arm tentacles. Squid are fast swimmers, they swim with the help of their own biological jet propulsion system, some of the species can ‘fly’ out of the water for a short distance.

Giant Squid or Architeuthis, was thought to be a mythological creature for many decades. Sailors from 16th and 17th century told incredible stories of a giant sea monster taking down a ship full of sailors. These stories probably originated due to the sighting of giant squid. These enormous creatures live in deep ocean and resurface very rarely. A giant squid can grow to the size of 20 meters under the sea with its colossal size it becomes the ultimate hunter.

Until 1880 giant squids were thought to be mythical and were thought to be legend. But in 1888 a giant 57 foot long squid was washed up on the shores of New-Zealand. The creature had tentacles which was 35 feet long! One of the first discoveries were made when body parts of giant squid was found in the stomach of sperm whales. The earlier encounter were the part of it’s beak or tentacles which were half digested by the giant fish. 

Recently, Japanese documentary makers have succeeded in capturing a giant squid on it’s camera. This short video appeared soon on television and news all over the world. Still not much is known about the behemoths of the sea. You can watch the a small clip of it.

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Comparison Giant Squid and Sperm Whale

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Giant Squid

  • April 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm
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    They are such amazingly intellegent Beings..
    Great Article!!

    • April 15, 2013 at 11:36 am
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      With the highest ratio of brain to body size the giant-squid has a super computer size brain fitting inside it’s elongated skull like covering. Thank You Kath 🙂

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