The largest squid in the world is the giant squid (Architeuthis dux). It is known to grow up to a maximum length of about 43 feet (13 meters) and can weigh up to 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds). The giant squid is a deep-sea creature that is found in all of the world’s oceans, and it is known for its large, distinctive eyes and long, powerful tentacles. Despite its size, much about the giant squid remains a mystery, as it is a very elusive and difficult creature to study in the wild.
Here are the top 5 largest squid species in the world, based on their recorded maximum lengths:
Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux):
The giant squid is the largest known squid species, with a maximum recorded length of up to 43 feet (13 meters).
Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni):
The colossal squid is another very large species, with a maximum recorded length of up to 46 feet (14 meters).
Humboldt Squid (Dosidicus gigas):
The Humboldt squid, also known as the jumbo squid or the red devil, can grow up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in length and is known for its aggressive behavior.
Japanese Flying Squid (Todarodes pacificus):
The Japanese flying squid is a species of squid that is commonly fished for food in Japan. It can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) in length.
Southern Ocean Squid (Kondakovia longimana):
The southern ocean squid is a deep-sea species that is found in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. It can grow up to 10 feet (3 meters) in length.