Our oceans cover more than 70% of the planet, yet we have still explored only a tiny fraction of them. We know that they are home to creatures so incredible that they could be something from a science fiction book. Some of them are so unusual, and so terrifying, that they are the source of myths about monsters. Some truly are monsters in their own right, regardless of any myths associated with them. One such creature is the giant squid, and many might not believe that such an animal even exists. It is very real, though, and it lives deep down where we seldom venture.
Because the giant squid lives so deep in the ocean, we know little about it. Only recently have we even been able to see one that is still alive; previous experiences have been with dead specimens that were washed ashore. We can’t even be sure of how large they really do grow. Some experts suggest that they may grow beyond our wildest estimates.
These amazing creatures are as magnificent as they are terrifying, and we are continuing to learn more about them all the time. The more we learn about them, the more amazing facts we come to know about them.
Giant Squid Fact #10: One of the Largest Predators Ever
When we think of enormous, monstrous predators, we tend to think of T. rex and the other dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. It was not only the giant land animals of the time that were so impressive, of course. There were giants that lived in the oceans as well. Pretty much everything was bigger back then, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still some giants living on earth today.
One such giant is the giant squid, and it is one of the largest predators ever to have lived on earth. Measuring in at a whopping 43 feet long, it is difficult to imagine just how large these animals are. In addition, they are armed with long, powerful tentacles that can grip tightly. They also have powerful, crushing beaks that can make short work of any meal. Giant squid are true monsters of the deep, and we are trying to find out all that we can about them.