An image of a monster foot-long meter-long giant squid made the social media rounds yesterday, but fear not—it's a hoax. 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. People began to share the photo of the supposed cephalopod on Facebook and Twitter, and thus the fake giant came to life. Staff at the rumor-research website snopes. David Emery writes on About.
Photos Show the Mysterious Giant Squid Over Years of Discovery
Subscriber Account active since. Giant squid live in the dark depths of the ocean, and very little is known about them to this day. Most of what the world has learned about the gargantuan creature , which can grow up to 40 feet long and live in a world devoid of sunlight, is taken from their floating carcasses, or from the belly of sperm whales. Until , no scientist had ever photographed a living giant squid.
The inspiration for the white whale of Moby Dick, sperm whales have the largest heads, biggest brains, and make the loudest sound of any animal on Earth. Region: Arctic, Antarctica. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Iceland.
The world's biggest squid species have developed huge eyes to give early warning of approaching sperm whales. Colossal and giant squid both have eyes that can measure 27cm 11in across - much bigger than any fish. Scientists found that huge eyes offer no advantages in the murky ocean depths other than making it easier to spot enormous shapes - such as sperm whales. Writing in Current Biology journal , they say this could explain the equally huge eyes of fossil ichthyosaurs.