The Giant Squid
The architeuthis dux, the largest giant squid ever recorded by scientists, was almost 43 feet or 13 metres long, and may have weighed nearly a ton. The specie was first recorded live in 2006. It lives deep underwater and remain elusive and are rarely seen alive. But after years of searching, in 2012, a group of scientists from Japan’s National Science Museum, along with colleagues from the Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the Discovery Channel, filmed a giant squid in its natural habitat. Evidence from statoliths, which accumulate “growth rings” and can be used to measure age, suggests that giant squid live no more than 5 years. These giant predators have few competitors in the oceans, but their remains have been found in the stomachs of sperm whales.
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Credit: AP, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History