The ocean is a source of fascination and mystery as we are not entirely certain what lies beneath the waters that cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. Still, the curious human minds throughout history have populated those dark waters with all sorts of gigantic ocean monsters. One of the poorly known deep-water aquatic species is the giant squid (Architeuthis), considered the largest living invertebrate on the planet.
The profound mystery surrounding this large, lumpy monster is elusive to this day! Scientists are at a loss when it comes to studying the behavior of this creature thoroughly. Its survival above water and in man-made aquariums has never been successful and its surface appearance is a rare sight, engulfed in the depths of the deepest oceans around the world, this sea monster has remained unexplored and enigmatic for ages. From the little we know for certain about this colossal mystery, here are some notable facts that scientists have consented on:
Deep-Sea Dwelling Creature:
The fearsome sea monster of Greek and Norse tales has a natural habitat in the depths of the ocean. These bottom-dwelling giant squids are found at a depth range of 300–1,000 meters (980–3,280 ft).
Eccentric Looking Sea Giant:
The largest of these elusive giants ever found measured 59 feet in length and weighed nearly a ton. Their eight arms and two tentacles are covered with serrated suckers with powerful suction, and they can reach lengths up to 60 feet (18 meters). These bottom-dwelling species grow to a tremendous size of 43 feet. Females are larger than males, reaching 13m and 10m respectively. You can tell the age of a giant squid by the growth rings in their statocysts, which are orientation organs.
The Biggest Eyes On the Planet:
The giant squid has one of the largest eyes of any creature to have ever lived, with the only living rival being that of the little-known colossal squid. At almost 30 cm in diameter, with a third of that being pupil, the giant squid has an eye perfect for detecting any light in the murky depths of the ocean.
Carnivore Sea Monster:
Biologists believe that giant squids primarily feed on deep-sea fish and other squids. They get hold of their prey by gripping it tightly with two tentacles. The tentacles encircle the giant squid's sharp, parrot-like beak which lies at the base of the squid's mantle (the main body), perfectly positioned for capturing then devouring prey. It has been also been suggested that Sperm Whales are one of the known predators of adult Giant Squids.
A Solitary Floating Marine Giant:
It is believed that giant squids are solitary creatures, but only because fishermen have never been able to capture more than one at a time in the fishing net.
Globally Endangered Species:
The genetic uniformity of giant squid shows that the legendary cephalopods are remarkably vulnerable to extinction today and endangered marine species. The giant squid from the deep made a relatively recent appearance on dry ground. A giant dead squid reportedly washed ashore in Cape Town, South Africa on June 7, 2020, probably due to the ocean conditions altering the nutrient-rich deep waters that these giant animals need. It is alarming that these daunting sea monsters are on the verge of extinction.
It is impossible to domesticate and pet these fascinating sea monsters but we have found a way to make them accessible to you, of course not the real ones, rather an equally squishy and soft but human-friendly and cuddly Plush Giant Squid is the adorable lifelike stuffed squid to raise awareness of the sea animal’s extinction and show the whole world that you are a great animal lover!
This adorable Giant Squid plush toy will not only lighten up your space but also be a cute decorative piece in a child's nursery. Perfect gift for animal owners, keepers, and marine life supporters.
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