The Giant Squid

The Giant Squid is a horror/sci fi movie staple and I have always loved sci fi horror movies. These are the ones that pit humans against some kind of monster and the humans defeat the monster or monsters at the end. This sea monster has been featured in movies such as Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and The Beast.

The giant squid is also behind the legends of mysterious disappearances of ships and their crew.This sea creature has a torso, 2 eyes, 8 tentacles, and 2 longer arms.

Here is a quote from the movie The Beast, "You go out and you try and kill it. But just so you understand exactly what it is you're dealing with: besides its eight huge tentacles, this thing has two whips. Each one is probably as long as this room and three or four feet thick. Those whips are covered with suction cups as big as this notepad. In the center of each cup is a claw as big as my fist and razor sharp. The squid grabs and impales his pray with those whips and drags it towards its beak, shredding the flesh as it goes, and these things can shred a one hundred pound tuna in five seconds. Its beak is like an eagle's, only it's about fifty times bigger and can bite through steel. Now, you make a mistake trying to kill this thing, and it gets you first - like it did the Griffins and those two divers - you pray to God those whips kill you before you get to that beak."

Here is a humorous clip about this creature connected to the disappearances of boats and their crew.

No scuba diver ever wants to meet up the giant squid. It is rare for humans to encounter this creature but a giant squid was caught by some Japanese fishermen as documented in the video below.

This sea creature has only one know predator and that is the sperm whale. The sperm whale feeds on squid and much of what we have learned about this fascinating sea creature has come from the bellies of sperm whales. Below is a short video of how sperm whales feed on squid.

Below is a Discovery Channel video about the giant squid.

I didn't want to bore you with the scientific details of this rarely seen creature as you can find that in Wikipedia.

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