The Giant squids have always fuelled the imagination of sailors, novelists, and the public. These cephalopods, which are particularly popular prey for the sperm whales, can reach up to 14 m in length. In the last few years, scientists have been getting to know them better, thanks to the discovery of individuals that have died, washed up on beaches, or floated on the surface of the oceans. Researchers can now also count on the “help” of deep-trawling fishermen, who sometimes haul up a giant squid. These animals live in the deep sea, where they filmed for the first time in 2012.
Classification: invertebrates, molluscs, cephalopods, architeuthids
Size: up to 17 m long
Weight: up to 2,5 tons
Habitat and distribution: Atlantic deep seafloor
Conservation status: threatened
The Giant Squid is the largest invertebrate in the world.
The Giant Squid is the largest invertebrate in the world. It has eyes 50 centimeters in diameter, which are the largest in the world, and its suckers can be over 8 centimeters wide.
It lives in the deep sea, catching fish in total darkness.