Giant Squid

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

This giant squid weighed 18 kilos and its tentacles were 1 metre long. The two longest are missing; they were 7 metres long. However, this is a small squid compared with the biggest example ever found, which was 20 metres long! This squid had lost its way, so the Urk fisherman who caught it in his net must have been very surprised. Giant squid aren’t normally found in the North Sea, but deep in the ocean, at depths of up to 1200 metres. In order to see anything in those murky depths, they have the biggest eyes of any animal. The eyes of this squid were slightly larger than a tennis ball. Giant squid are hunted by sperm whales.

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  • Title: Giant Squid
  • Location: All oceans
  • Wetenschappelijke naam: Architeuthis dux
  • Meer informatie: http://www.naturalis.nl/en/museum/top-pieces/giant-squid/
  • Lengte: Females: 13 meters, males: 10 meters
  • Klasse: Cephalopod
  • Gewicht: Females 275 kg and females 150 kg
  • Eetgewoontes: Fish, other squid, crustaceans and shellfish