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770-Pound Colossal Squid a ‘Perfect’ Specimen

Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

Giant Squid Photos

What has eight arms with hundreds of suckers, eyes the size of grapefruit and a razor-sharp beak? A giant squid! A team of scientists and the Discovery Channel shot footage of this notoriously elusive creature in action. Open the Discovery News gallery…

Jurassic Squid Ink Same as Modern Squid Ink

Ink from 160-million-year-old giant squid is essentially identical to today’s squid ink.

The discovery suggests that the ink and the ink-screen escape mechanism of squid have not evolved much (if at all) since the Jurassic Period. The finding, published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, might just prove that if it isn’t broken, nature isn’t going to fix it.

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Despite the Dark, Giant Squid Eyes See All

The enormous eyes of giant and colossal squid may help them spot predatory sperm whales in their dim undersea habitat, a new study finds.

These mysterious squid are tough to spot and even tougher to study in their natural habitat. But squid that have been caught or observed have huge, basketball-size peepers — three times the diameter of another other animal, including behemoths of similar size, such as swordfish.

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Squid Not Only Swim, They Fly

hey don’t just leap like dolphins, mind you. They actually accelerate through the air like rockets, by forcefully squirting water out of their bodies.

"It turns out that when these animals are flying, they move about five times as fast as they ever do when they’re swimming," cephalopod expert Ronald O’Dor of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, told Discovery News.

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