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Giant squid are all one species


Posted on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker on 26 March, 2013, 18:50
Maybe they are not territorial, but migrate around the oceans world wide?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 26 March, 2013, 21:25
that could be more than a possibility.it could be also that there is almost difference but at the same time it could be a new species. whether its new or not its still cool and worth to study:) or it could be the kraken like the movie revenge of the titans "release the kraken!!!" lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 27 March, 2013, 4:52
The Squid Family Robinson!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lava_Lady on 2 April, 2013, 1:29
I had the pleasure of meeting one in the ocean while snorkeling (small one) and they are pretty amazing little creatures this little guy interacted like he was as curious as I was.


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