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How big is a Colossal Squid ?

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The Colossal Squid is the largest species of squid.

However, a few years ago some fake pictures of the Colossal Squid went viral on the internet which showed a giant squid which washed up on the beach but the picture was actually photoshopped. The real description of a colossal squid is given below.

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The original photo
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the photoshopped image

The exact size of the squid is a matter of debate as most of the squid which are caught are dead and after its death the body of the squid shrinks in size. The estimate about its size is that it is 12-14m long and can weigh up to 750 kg.

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The largest known specimen weighed 495 kg although its length was just 4.2m which might be because of shrinking.

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Colossal squid tentacle hooks. image source – sciencedump

The squid has sharp hooks on its tentacles also it has biggest known eyes of any species on earth. The colossal squid lives in deep sea as deep as 2.2 km.

The squids are present throughout the southern hemisphere. Squids are present in thousands of kilometers north to Antarctica and South to South America and southern part of New Zealand.

The squid feeds on deep sea fishes and other squids. However despite of its large size it needs only 30 gm of daily prey because of its low metabolic rate. It is a least concern species as they are widely distributed.

Apart from a predator they form the major parts of diets of whales especially the sperm whale as colossal squid’s beaks have been found in stomach of sperm whales. There are other predators too but they feed only on juveniles only sperm whales feed on adult squids.

One of the specimens of colossal squid is on display at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

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