Some of these soft bodies are encased in hard shells, such as clams and snails, but not the squids. The photo of the enormous deep-sea denizen after it washed on to a beach in Santa Monica, California, accompanied a satirical article on the website The Lightly Braised Turnip this week. That means the jumps in the video below are made possible by Kim's muscle power alone. If they were proportionally as strong as their smaller cousins, the Humboldt squid Dosidicus gigas , giant squid would be VERY strong, says Smithsonian squid expert Clyde Roper. The giant squid genus Architeuthis is a deep-ocean dwelling squid in the family Architeuthidae.
A World Guide , Mark Norman writes: The camera took over photos before the squid managed to break free after four hours. Daily news briefing direct to your inbox Sign up for our newsletter. At 1 foot 30 centimeters in diameter, these huge eyes absorb more light than their smaller counterparts would, allowing the squid to glimpse bioluminescent prey -- or sight predators lurking -- in the dark. The Search for the Giant Squid.
On the other hand, when they wash ashore, the squids can be bloated with water, appearing bigger than they really are. This would be much longer than a school bus — the universal comparison measurement for long things. And the only way a whale develops a battle scar is if it survives the battle. Kyoto Prefecture Web Site, 13 December Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size due to deep-sea gigantism: Caught on Film Despite numerous attempts rarely has anyone ever seen a giant squid in the deep sea, so it is very hard for scientists to know much about how they live.