Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid in Tasmania
In 2002, a 60-foot long giant squid washed up on the beach in Tasmania.
Because of the low number of observations, scientists have struggled to build up a profile of the giant squid, discovering only in the last five years how it reproduces.
It is believed they rarely have an opportunity to mate, and live isolated lives, but it is still unknown where the squid fits on the food chain.
The giant squid is a carnivorous mollusk with a beak-like mouth strong enough to cut through a steel cable and its eyes are the largest in the animal kingdom — growing up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) wide.
The giant squid is believed to feed on, among other things, the world’s biggest animals with several eyewitness stories from fisherman who have seen the squid in fierce battles with whales.
Dead whales have been found washed up on beaches with large sucker marks on their bodies, apparently from squid attacks.