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.
1. Scientific & Common Names
6. Present Status
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.