anonymous asked:

Have any fossilized giant squids ever been discovered?

We have indeed discovered the remains of very large cephalopods and related animals from far back into prehistory. Most of it is quite fragmentary and makes it pretty difficult to confidently estimate their sizes though. 

Tusoteuthis longa is a good example of a Cretaceous squid-relative that may have been comparable in size to the modern Architeuthis (giant squid).



I just had this thought on Twitter and now I want want want it: WIZARD PALEONTOLOGISTS. Wizards studying (and hushing up) fossilized bits of what they believe was a massive, flightless, semiaquatic species of Eocene hippogriff that lived in Australia and Antarctica. Or, or, the giant squid in the Hogwarts lake is a Vampyromorph (Tusoteuthis longa?), the only successful magical resurrection of an extinct species, created by a group of Ravenclaws in a bit of astonishingly complex magic that they’ve since dedicated their lives to replicating. (It was kept in a large cauldron in the dungeons for a bit and sustained with magic while it was small, but they knew that probably wasn’t the best environment for it, and anyway it kept growing. They didn’t know quite what to do with it, and word got around to the Gryffindors, who were like, “hey, the lake needs a mascot!” And the Ravenclaws, known more for a passionate spirit of inquiry than for sound judgment, thought this a fine plan. They made a few key tweaks to the squid, mourning the lost perfect fidelity of their specimen but prioritizing its survival and happiness. They had a whole plan for gradually acclimating the squid to its new home, but it broke out of the sort of permeable holding area they’d built for it because MAGIC SQUID NOW WHOOPS and settled in quite happily. And by the time the professors found out the squid was 30 feet long and best buds with the merpeople and there wasn’t much they could do.)


(I am not a scientist I am not an aquarist I just REALLY ENJOY PREHISTORIC ANIMALS AND HARRY POTTER.)