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March 25 2013

DNA Study Reveals Enigmatic Giant Squid All One Species


A new research on the elusive giant squid Architeuthis, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has revealed there is just one species.

Little was previously known about the giant squid, believed to grow up to 43 feet (13 m) long and weigh over 900 kg.

The creature is extremely rarely seen except when its remains are washed ashore. In 1857, Japetus Steenstrup realized that it was this beast that had given rise to centuries of sailors’ tales, and become immortalized by writers such as Jules Verne.

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