giant squid

Giant squid specimen being measured. Image from an article authored by Dr. Steve O'Shea and Kat Bolstad.

If there was a medal for the most terrifying predator, I have to say the two ginormous squids, the giant squid and the colossal squid are my nominees.

colossal squid

Dr. Steve O'Shea and his colossal squid specimen. Image from the BBC news.

Why you ask? well, how about the colossal squids suction cups that are lined with razor sharp “teeth?”

Colossal squid suction cups.

Colossal squid suction cups. Image from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Or how about the rotating hooks on its arms?

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Colossal squid pronged arm hooks. Image from the Colossal squid suction cups. Image from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

And it weighs more than 1,000 pounds. Intrigued? Find out more at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s colossal squid site (and build your own squid!) and at TONMO.

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