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  The UnMuseum - The Giant Squid
Giant squid are carnivorous mollusks that have a long, torpedo shaped body.
Sperm whales eat squid and originally it had been thought that such battles were the result of a sperm whale taking on a squid that was just too large to be an easy meal.
A giant squid and a Sperm whale locked in mortal combat.
unmuseum.mus.pa.us /squid.htm   (1469 words)

 Giant Squid - Architeuthis dux
Giant squid have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, reaching up to 10 in (25 cm) in diameter, or roughly the size of a dinner plate.
Giant squid are thought to live 1000-2000 ft below the water's surface in most of the world's oceans.
The male giant squid is thought to have very large genitalia that inject spermatophores into the skin of the female's tentacle.
www.angelfire.com /mo2/animals1/squid/giantsquid.html   (689 words)

 The mysterious giant squid
It is reasonable to assume that the giant squid, purported to be up to 18 metres (60 feet) in length and weighing up to 900 kg (nearly a tonne), lives near the deep ocean floor.
Given that only dead giant squids are found at the surface, he says it's unlikely live specimens would venture beyond their natural habitat in the ocean depths.
Squids, giant or otherwise, are all descended from the cephalopods created on day 5 of Creation Week (Genesis 1:10-23).
www.answersingenesis.org /creation/v23/i1/squid.asp   (1082 words)

 The Giant Squid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Though giant squids are considerably less then a mile and a half across, they are large enough to wrestle with a sperm whale.
The giant squid has actually been acknowledged by science to exist but is very rarely observed.
Since 1978, more than 60 giant squids have been fished or stranded on the shores of New Zealand, the bigger one was 14 m long and weighed more than 1 t.
cryptozoo.monstrous.com /the_giant_squid.htm   (656 words)

 LiveScience.com - Elusive Giant Squid Finally Photographed
TOKYO (AP) -- The giant squid can be found in books and in myths, but for the first time, a team of Japanese scientists has captured on film one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep sea in its natural habitat.
Kubodera said the giant squid's tentacle would not grow back, but the squid's life was not in danger.
Giant squid have long attracted human fascination, appearing in myths of the ancient Greeks, as well as Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.'' Scientific interest in the animals has surged in recent years as more specimens have been caught in commercial fishing nets or found washed up on shores.
www.livescience.com /animalworld/ap_050928_giant_squid.html   (715 words)

 WhaleTimes:Fishin' for Facts-Giant Squid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The average size of the giant squid is 6 to 13 meters (19.7 to 42.7 feet) That is total length.
Squid in the genus Architeuthi are found in: northern Atlantic, from Labrador to the Gulf of Mexico; northern Norway to the Azores; northern Pacific from the Bering Sea to the Sea of Japan: southern Japan, Hawaii and California.
Giant squid are the largest cephalopod (octopus, cuttlefish, squid) and the largest mollusk.
www.whaletimes.org /squid.htm   (222 words)

 USATODAY.com - Scientists get first photos of rare giant squid in wild   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It was a rare giant squid, a creature that until then had eluded observation in the wild.
For centuries giant squids, formally called Architeuthis, have been the stuff of legends, appearing in the myths of ancient Greece or attacking a submarine in Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." But they had never been seen in their natural habitat, only caught in fishing nets or washed ashore dead or dying.
Giant squid are the world's largest invertebrates, having been known to exceed 50 feet.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-09-28-japan-giant-squid_x.htm   (894 words)

 Giant squid goes on display - Natural History Museum
The giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is 8.62 metres long and was caught off the coast of the Falkland Islands in March 2004.
Suckers on the tentacles of the giant squid Architeuthis dux
The giant squid is the second largest living invertebrate, the first being the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, the colossal squid, although no mature specimens of Mesonychoteuthis have been found yet.
www.nhm.ac.uk /about-us/news/2006/feb/news_5255.html   (614 words)

 Giant squid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Giant squid, once believed to be mythical creatures, are squid of the Architeuthidae family, represented by as many as eight species of the genus Architeuthis.
Sketch of giant squid in Glover's Harbour Newfoundland in 1878
In particular, the image of a giant squid locked in battle with a sperm whale is often seen, although it is now known that the squid is the whale's prey and not an equal combatant.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Giant_squid   (1953 words)

 U-Haul SuperGraphics: Newfoundland Giant Squid
Imagination and fear-mongering aside, this sea creature is simply known as the giant squid - a squid that can weigh up to 1,000 pounds - the weight of an average horse - and grow to about 60 feet when the tentacles are extended, similar to a large whale.
Scientists have noted that most of the giant squid sightings and strandings in Newfoundland have occurred on its northeastern shores, in the Bonavista and Trinity bays, and there have been strandings in the 1970's and 1980's.
Giant squid appear to be the loners of the squid class and scientists don't know if they ever swim with others, or if they are generally creatures who prefer their own company.
www.uhaul.com /supergraphics/squid/two.html   (1875 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Giant squid grabs London audience   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Giant squid, once thought to be sea serpents, are very rarely seen and live at depths of 200-1,000m (650-3,300ft).
"Most giant squid tend to be washed up dead on beaches, or retrieved from the stomach of sperm whales, so they tend to be in quite poor condition," explained Jon Ablett, the mollusc curator at the Natural History Museum who led preservation efforts.
The squid now resides in a glass tank, filled to the brim with preservative solution, and is one of 22 million specimens that can be seen as part of the behind-the-scenes Darwin Centre tour of the Natural History Museum.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/4756514.stm   (451 words)

 Architeuthis dux, Giant Squid at MarineBio.org
The Giant squid, Architeuthis dux (Steenstrup, 1857), of the Family Architeuthidae is possibly the largest known cephalopod, the largest known mollusk and, likely, the largest invertebrate ever known to exist (except for possibly the Colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni which may have a mantle length nearly twice the size...).
Giant squid are wide-ranging usually found near continental and island slopes from the North Atlantic Ocean, especially Newfoundland, Norway, northern British Isles and the oceanic islands of the Azores and Madeira to the South Atlantic in southern African waters; the North Pacific around Japan, and the southwestern Pacific around New Zealand and Australia.
Giant squid capture prey using the 2 feeding tentacles, which grip the prey with serrated saw-like sucker rings on the ends (called the tentacle clubs) bringing it toward the powerful beak.
marinebio.org /species.asp?id=156   (1935 words)

 Sea and Sky: Giant Squid
The elusive giant squid is one of the world's largest animals, reaching a length of up to 60 feet.
The giant squid is a mollusk and is member of the cephalopod class, which includes the octopus and other squids.
The giant squid appears to be a favorite meal for the sperm whale.
www.seasky.org /monsters/sea7a1a.html   (227 words)

 Giant Squid Diving - Dosidicus Gigas - Mexico
They are huge raptorial predators with a taste for pretty much everything they encounter—these carnivores seize their prey with two lightning-fast, hook-laden tentacle clubs, draw it into a squirming nest of eight arms and proceed to tear chunks of flesh from its body with a large, razor-sharp, parrot-like beak the size of a mans fist.
Humboldt squid will be located, baited to our vessel, the cage deployed, and then giant squid team divers will escort each expedition diver to the safety of the cage.
The filming of the Giant Humboldt squid is performed by a giant squid diver independent of tour operations and may include clients interacting with them and the squid.
www.sharkdiver.com /package_squid.html   (1003 words)

 Environment & Nature News - Giant squid is star of the screen - 28/09/2005
Japanese zoologists have made the first recording of a live giant squid, one of the strangest and most elusive creatures in the world.
Until now, the only evidence of giant squid was extraordinarily rare, from dead squids that washed up on remote shores or got snagged on a long-line fish hook or from ships' crews who spotted the deep-sea denizen as it made a sortie near the surface.
Sperm whales are the main predator of the giant squid.
abc.net.au /science/news/enviro/EnviroRepublish_1470054.htm   (779 words)

 Giant Squid (Architeuthis Clarkei) from the documentary film "Incredible Suckers"
The animation of the squid and the fight between the squid and the sperm whale was the most difficult scene the animation team had to face during the production.
The 3D polygonal triangulated model of the giant squid consists of a body, eyes, blowhole, 8 individual tentacles and 2 separate projectile tentacles.
The data of the giant squid model have been used to mill the negative of the squid in foamed plastic blocks and to construct a positive form in laminated plastics.
ncca.bournemouth.ac.uk /main/staff/vassili/giant_squid.html   (373 words)

 The Tech | Exhibits | Online | The Robot Zoo! | Squid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A Giant Squid is a twenty-yard-long, streamlined, underwater predator, the hunter-killer submarine of the animal world.
Surprisingly, the giant squid is actually a scaled-up relative of the tiny fl slugs that you may find in the backyard.
A squid's eyes are enormous, to catch as much light as possible in the dim depths of the ocean.
www.thetech.org /exhibits/online/robotzoo/about/squid.html   (244 words)

 Metroactive Features | Giant Squid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
But in the pursuit of giant squid, the strike is hardly dramatic—just a sudden dull resistance—and the fight lasts 15 minutes or more and is relatively boring.
The squid approaches the surface, as alien and dangerous to it as the bottom of the sea would be to a person.
The prevailing aspect of the squid fishery is its grotesqueness: the ink, the slime, the squid writhing on the gaff, the sheer mass of dead creatures, and the fact that fishermen happily pay 80 bucks apiece to produce such pulpy carnage.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/03.29.06/squid-0613.html   (3609 words)

 TrueAuthority.com - Cryptozoology - Giant Squid
What we do know about the giant squid in relation to habitation is this: They primarily dwell in the great deeps of the ocean, rarely coming to the surface.
Sperm whales, thought to be the mortal enemy of the Giant Squid, have been found with sucker scars on their skin, indicating a battle with squids reaching to lengths of up to 100 feet.
While large squid are facts accepted by science, there is yet to be any study on a live one in its natural habitat by purposed scientists.
www.trueauthority.com /cryptozoology/squid.htm   (1597 words)

 Squid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like all cephalopods, squid are distinguished by having a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms; squid, like cuttlefish, have eight arms and two tentacles arranged in pairs.
A live giant squid was observed for the first time on September 30, 2004, by two Japanese scientists: Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum (of Japan) and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association.
The squid now resides in a glass tank, filled to the brim with preservative solution, and is one of 22 million specimens that can be seen as part of the behind-the-scenes Darwin Centre tour of the Natural History Museum in London.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Squid   (825 words)

 Giant squid washes up on Australian beach
The giant squid was transported to the Tasmanian Museum, where experts were studying its unusual traits.
The squid had lost two of its tentacles, which Pemberton said could be between 15 metres and 18 metres long.
Pemberton said the discovery could cause scientists to rewrite the taxonomy of giant squids, which usually live on the edge of continental shelves at depths of at least 500 metres.
www.cbc.ca /news/story/2002/07/22/squid020722.html   (1061 words)

 Animal Planet :: News :: Giant Squid on Film
More than 500 images show the squid wrapping its giant tentacles around the bait, Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo, reported on Wednesday in the journal Proceedings B of the Royal Society.
The researchers first tracked sperm whales, regular hunters of giant squid, and discovered that the mammals gathered off Japan's Ogasawara Islands, diving to depths of about 3,250 feet, where giant squid are thought to live.
The giant squid became snagged on the jig," Kubodera and Mori wrote.
animal.discovery.com /news/briefs/20050926/squid.html?source=rss   (693 words)

 TMAG giant squid
The Squid had washed ashore earlier that morning and by the time it was collected had broken into two pieces, but was still remarkably fresh.
The squid weighs about 250 kg and was found to be a recently mated female.
A fascinating fact about giant squid is that they grow from a few centimeters to 15 m in 3 or 4 years and the muscle structure to allow this growth is exactly the same shape and size of the Pygmy Squid.
www.tmag.tas.gov.au /Squid.html   (341 words)

 The Giant Squid and Octopus Conspiracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The body of the colossal squid is much bigger than the giant squid, which can weigh up to 900 kg, 2,000 pounds when fully grown.
Although the Giant Squid has been much discussed in myth and scientific circles alike, there has been an alarming lack of investigation into the role that major governments, their agencies, and other powerful organizations and individuals play in our knowledge of these animals.
In the absence of a clear view of the Giant Squid situation in our world today, this website is dedicated to collating, comparing and examining all Giant Squid and Octopus related theories, in an attempt to uncover the knowledge and information that is our right to be privy to.
www.angelfire.com /zine2/squid/Conspiracy.html   (991 words)

 Giant Squid and Colossal Squid Fact Sheet
Some squid naturally lose the tentacles in post-larval stages, so that the adult possesses 8 arms only; some squid can have more than 2 fins.
The major distinction between squid and octopus is that the suckers of squid are armed with hooks or sucker rings (or a combination of the two), while octopus have simple suckers without secondary armature (Fig.
There are several ways in which the size of a squid is reported (and misreported or exaggerated).
www.tonmo.com /science/public/giantsquidfacts.php   (1722 words)

 Holy Squid! Photos Offer First Glimpse of Live Deep-Sea Giant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Summary The first-ever images of a living giant squid in the wild have been captured by Japanese scientists.
Japanese scientists recently released the first-ever images of a live giant squid in the wild.
He was able to shoot a variety of animals, including other species of squid, but the giant squid remained elusive.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2005/09/0927_050927_giant_squid.html   (678 words)

 Giant squid, where are you? - By Daniel Engber - Slate Magazine
The giant squid may be no harder to find than any other animal that lives at the bottom of the ocean.
Plenty of deep-sea animals other than giant squid have shown up in fishing nets without having been captured on film in their natural environment.
Dead giant squids may be more buoyant than the carcasses of other deep-sea creatures because they have an unusually high concentration of ammonium ions.
www.slate.com /id/2125914   (1070 words)

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