New studies in to the enigmatic giant squid have revealed them to have very little genetic diversity.
Much mystery surrounds the giant squid, their tendency to live deep down in the ocean's depths makes them extremely difficult to observe and it was only recently that the first footage of one in it's native habitat was recorded. Most of what we know comes from dead squid washed up on beaches or found inside the stomach of whales.
To learn more about the species scientists took samples from several specimens and analyzed them. What they found was that despite the fact that the squid are located all over the world they showed very little genetic diversity and are all effectively the same species. "It's very, very hard to explain," said researcher Tom Gilbert. "There are huge unexplored questions."
"The new study reveals that the genetic diversity of giant squid (Architeuthis) is remarkably low — far lower than that of other marine species examined, said study researcher Tom Gilbert of the University of Copenhagen."
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