I was researching stuff for my novel and I ended up here. It’s a giant squid! Architeuthis, if I’m spelling that right.
Turns out, though, that there’s something supposedly even bigger… the aptly named colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. According to NatGeo, the largest one of these ever seen was 50 feet long, but beaks from bigger ones have been found in the stomachs of sperm whales. Meanwhile, the largest specimen of the giant squid was (I might be remembering this wrong) 59 ft. *shrug*
Oh yeah and their eyes are a foot wide. Just picture that for a second. Get out a ruler and hold it in front of you. That is a BIG eye.
Watch live online as specialists in squid biology from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology undertake research on this rare find. This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind caught intact – ever! Large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists, so this latest example has caused great excitement.