Giant Squid

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Giant Squid (Monterey Bay Collection
Giant Squid

As its name suggest, the giant squid is a cephalopod found in the deep recesses of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The biggest specimen recovered measured 43 feet, although some scientists believe they can grow to be even larger.


Content List

1. Scientific & Common Names

2. Characteristics

3. Breeding

4. Behavior

5. History

6. Present Status

7. References


Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Mollusca

Class - Cephalopoda

Subclass - Coleoidea

Order - Teuthida

Suborder - Oegopsina

Family - Architeuthidae

Genus - Architeuthus

Species - A. dux

Common Name - Giant Squid


Characteristics

Once believed to be only a myth, the giant squid is a deep-ocean dwelling squid that can grow to gargantuan sizes. It it the second largest member of the Architeuthidae family, behind only the colossal squid.


Previously only known from deceased animals that would wash up on beaches or get caught in fishing nets, the first images of a live giant squid was captured in 2004, and video of a live squid did not exist until 2012.


Breeding

Very little is known about the reproduction of the giant squid, as they are rarely encountered deep sea creatures. Like other cephalopods, they produce a large amount of eggs which are held together with a jelly-like material.


Behavior

Little is known about giant squids due to their rarity and the depths at which they live! They feed on fish and smaller squids, including sometimes other giant squids. They are preyed upon by sperm whales, which often bear scars from the squid's hooked tentacles.


History

Because of their size and rarity, giant squids have been firmly entrenched in maritime folklore for ages. Depictions of creatures like the giant squid date back many years, with the kraken being the most famous. Despite being incorporated into legend as a fearsome monster, giant squids are incredibly rare and elusive, and live at such a deep depth that they’re almost never spotted by humans.


Present Status

There’s is a noticeable lack of data in regards to the global population of the giant squid. However, despite the deficiency of information, experts believe they aren’t vulnerable or threatened simply due to how separated they are from human activities. Because of its immense size, the giant squid is believed to be the second largest living mollusk. It is only smaller than the colossal squid, which is thought to have a mantle nearly twice as long.