You can see one today in a New Zealand museum, but they do not preserve well. Colossal squid are the heaviest squid on the planet (but they're not actually big enough to sink a pirate ship). The ones that have been found whole weighed nearly 500 kilograms – that's almost the same as a grand piano.
In 1978, the USS Stein was apparently attacked by a giant squid. The ship's "NOFOUL" rubber coating was damaged with multiple cuts containing evidence of claws found in squid tentacles.
Whether they're indeed pursuing our vessels or not, none of the predatory, gigantic squid has yet to take down a ship, yacht or submarine, but it hasn't been for lack of trying. For more information about squid and other creatures of the sea, visit our resources on the following page.
A massive squid has been caught on video attacking a Greenpeace submarine in the Bering Sea. The squid can be seen in a Vine video lashing at the submarine with its tentacles, before it fires a burst of ink and swims away from the underwater vessel.
While giant squids are technically longer in length than colossal squids, colossal squids weigh more given the size of their mantle and body. Giant squids only beat colossal squids in length because of their arms and tentacles.
Most southern Sperm Whales are covered with scars from colossal squid hooks. Other diving mammals (including the southern elephant seal) and large Southern Ocean predators feed on juvenile colossal squid, but the sperm whale is the only species known to take adults.
The Colossal Squid's natural predator, the Sperm Whale, is one of the playable sharks in Hungry Shark Evolution.
Sperm whales are the only known regular predator of giant squids (and are really great at finding them too). Juvenile giant squids are prey to smaller whales, such as pilot whales, deep-sea sharks and other predatory fish. For once, humans are not a predator!
But as far as is publicly known, the colossal squid has never been observed alive in its natural, deep-water habitat, although a number of such recordings of the giant squid have been made in recent years.
The Colossal Squid can go to an astronomical depth of at least 7,200 feet into the deep ocean. A big challenge facing squid in the deep sea is keeping their cells working.
Colossal squid live in Antarctic waters, but may come as far north as the southern waters of New Zealand. They live at depths of 1000 metres or more.
Colossal squid Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni are slightly shorter than giant squid Architeuthis dux, but have a larger, heavier body. Te Papa's colossal squid tips the scales at a massive 490 kg. In contrast, giant squid weigh up to about 275 kg.
After all, it must be quite difficult for a sperm whale to suck something that's 40 feet long into it's mouth anyway! However, in the end, the sheer size and strength of the sperm whale gives it the biggest advantage and ultimately it wins the fight.
The colossal squid, with its half-ton mass and razor-sharp tentacle hooks, seems pretty fierce. But new research suggests that the school-bus sized cephalopods are actually pretty mellow.
Colossal squid do not eat whales. Rather, they are a whale's prey. Some sperm whales bear scars that appear to be caused by the hooks of the colossal squid's tentacles, presumably used in defense. When the contents of sperm whale stomachs were examined, 14% of the squid beaks came from the colossal squid.
The squid does not need to run and attack for long, it would just need to attach once to the shark and bite once with its beak. The squid would be able to hang on to the shark with its serrated suction cups and break through the body of the shark. The shark would either take heavy damage on its body or lose a fin.
But if nobody comes to save you and you get tired of being chewed on, remember the squid's greatest weakness is its skin. One little tear in that tender epidermis can lead to infection and death in just a few days.
Sperm whales usually eat a little over 900 kg (almost 2,000 pounds) of food per day. To find their prey (preferably giant squid), they dive somewhere between 300 and 1,200 metres (990 and 4,000 feet), though they can go as deep as 2 km (1.2 miles) while on the hunt. An average dive lasts about an hour.
Squid are aggressive hunters, but some species are worse than others. The Humboldt squid is of particular danger to divers because it's large -- about the size of a man -- and shows little fear or hesitation when hunting prey. Colossal squid are just as aggressive and fast hunters, and they top out at 2,000 pounds.
Humboldt Squid are more likely to attack objects or species that appear foreign, especially when those objects could pose a potential threat to its shoal (group of traveling squid). There have been confirmed Humboldt Squid attacks on human beings in the past, especially on deep sea divers.
No. A giant squid will eat anything it can grab and pull to it's razor sharp beak, including humans.
Eren attempts to strike at the Colossal Titan's nape, but Bertholdt makes use of his steam emission control and prevents Eren from getting close. As Eren fights against Bertholdt's steam and comes in for the killing blow, the Colossal Titan vanishes instantaneously.
While there is no evidence of colossal squid preying on sharks, they do go after some pretty big fish, and even other species of deep sea squid.