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About Giant Squid

The giant squid remains largely a mystery to scientists despite being the biggest invertebrate on Earth. The largest of these elusive giants ever found measured 18 meters in length and weighed nearly 900 kilograms.

However, their inhospitable deep-sea habitat has made them uniquely difficult to study, and almost everything scientists know about them is from carcasses that have washed up on beaches or been hauled in by fishermen. Lately, however, the fortunes of scientists studying these elusive creatures have begun to turn. In 2004 researchers in Japan took the first images ever of a live giant squid. And in late 2006, scientists with Japan's National Science Museum caught and brought to the surface a live 7-meter female giant squid.

Fast Facts 

Type: Invertebrate

Diet: Carnivore

Size: 33 ft (10 m)

Weight: 440 lbs (200 kg)

Group name: School

Did you know? A giant squid's eye can be as big as a beach ball.

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