colossal squid

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Related to Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni: giant squid, Architeuthis dux

colossal squid

n.
A very large squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) having a large head and mantle and hooks on its arms and tentacles. Colossal squids inhabit Antarctic waters and can reach weights of approximately 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).
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A total of 302 cephalopod lower beaks were recovered, which was identified as Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (n = 99), Kondakovia longimana (n = 22), Gonatus antarcticus (n = 57), Haliphron atlanticus (n = 19), two species of Histioteuthis spp.
Colossal squid, scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are estimated to grow to 46ft long and are one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep ocean.
However, a few monsters, like the Nordic tale of the Kraken--a large and ferocious squid-like animal--may have a basis in reality, as shown by the recovery last year of an intact colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni (http://news.
The 330 lb, 16 ft immature female mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was caught on the surface of the Ross Sea, Auckland University of Technology research fellow Steve O'Shea said yesterday.