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First ever juvenile giant squid discovered

October 24, 2015 | Comment icon 6 comments

Not a lot is known about these enigmatic cephalopods. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dan Century
Scientists have identified the first ever baby giant squid in specimens fished up off the coast of Japan.
Giant squid are notoriously difficult to observe in the wild and much is still unknown about the species or its life spent hidden within some of the deepest places in the Earth's oceans.

Now however scientists have for the first time revealed the discovery of several baby giant squid specimens that had been sent to cephalopod expert Toshifumi Wada for identification after being caught by fishermen off the coast of Japan back in 2013.

Despite being juveniles the squid are actually larger than the adults of most other squid species.

When fully grown some giant squid can reach a staggering 43ft in length.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by McNessy 7 years ago
Next on Japans list of ocean species to endanger i presume
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
Next on Japans list of ocean species to endanger i presume Unlikely, from what I have read about the species the flesh reeks of ammonia.
Comment icon #3 Posted by newbloodmoon 7 years ago
Unleash the Kraken.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
Nevertheless, Japanese still looks at this and thinks.."oh nice sushi.."
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ratbiter 7 years ago
Hope Mummy does go looking for them
Comment icon #6 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Hopefully it just doesn't get eaten ...

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