Lots of calamari for everybody!

There are squids bigger than Giant Squids, as it turns out. The Colossal Squid (!), a sample of which was caught by New Zealand fishermen last year, is just such a beastie.

The squid in the photo above weighs 485kg and is more than 4 metres long.

There is a tendency amongst species that dwell below the lowest levels of light penetration in the deep ocean to be much larger than related species living in shallower water. The colossal squid is a fantastic example. Of course, there are lots of implications for the appearance and behaviour of these organisms – their feeding habits etc are quite unique – and the squid seen above is, compared to the beaks of other squids found in the stomachs of sperm whales, appears to be a small example of its kind.

Photo courtesy of ABC Science.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s