Colossal Squid: The Largest In The World

The majority of squid are no more than 60 centimeter long, although the giant squid may reach 13 meter in length. Squid are a large, diverse group of marine cephalopods. 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.

The majority of squid are no more than 60 centimeter long, although the giant squid may reach 13 meter in length. Squid are a large, diverse group of marine cephalopods. 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.

In Antarctica’s Ross Sea, a fishing boat has caught what is likely the world’s biggest known colossal squid.

On February 22, 2007, it was announced by authorities in New Zealand that the largest known Colossal Squid had been captured. The specimen measured 10 metres (33 feet) in length and weighed 495 kilograms.

Colossal squid – the largest in the world – Picture

The specimen caught in early 2007 is the largest cephalopod ever recorded - colossal squid

Size has been one of the most interesting aspects of cephalopod science to the general public. This Wikipedia article lists the largest cephalopods from various groups, sorted in order of mantle length, total length, weight, and shell diameter.

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4 thoughts on “Colossal Squid: The Largest In The World”

  1. I love squids. That is a really big squid. The color looks really cool. I wouldn’t want to be caught in the water with one of those.

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