While not conclusive, evidence suggests the lifespan of the giant squid is no longer than five years. The speculation is derived from mineralized masses called statoliths in the deep-sea creature that produce growth rings used to measure age.Continue Reading
Adult giant squid grow to an average of 33 feet, with the largest recorded specimen measuring 59 feet long. The largest invertebrate in the world also possesses eyes 10 inches or more in diameter, the largest of the animal kingdom.
At 1,650 to 3,300 feet below the water surface, the giant squid is nearly impossible to observe in its natural habitat. Much of what scientists know as of 2014 is from observing dead species that washed ashore.Learn more about Squid
Squids protect themselves with several techniques and biological mechanisms to blend in with the surrounding environment, counter oncoming threats and defend themselves in the event of an attack by a predator or rival. There are approximately 500 species of squid, and all rank high in intelligence among other invertebrate animals.Full Answer >
Giant squid live in every ocean on Earth but are particularly concentrated over the slopes leading up to continents and islands. They are rare in tropical and high polar regions. Giant squid live only in deep, cold water because their blood is incapable of carrying oxygen effectively at higher temperatures.Full Answer >
Squids, which are carnivorous cephalopod mollusks of the order Teuthoidea, usually live for only two to three years. Squids are highly developed marine invertebrates with eyes that resemble human eyes.Full Answer >
The largest quantity of squid species are found throughout the North Atlantic Ocean. The North Pacific is also home to a variety of squid types. The exact habitat of a squid depends on to which of the estimated 375 species the cephalopod belongs.Full Answer >