Cephalopod Awareness Week is the perfect time to celebrate the diversity of these highly-intelligent creatures.
Researchers aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel recently discovered a peculiar-looking squid off the coast of California.
As land animals, we humans are most familiar with the thin sliver of the ocean along the coast, where we vacation, collect shells and watch the sun rise or set. By contrast, the deep ocean is entirely unfamiliar. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do the bottom of the sea.
The giant squid sounds like the stuff of myths—and it is. Since the 12th century, this massive underwater cephalopod has been chronicled in tales of a “Kraken” attacking sailors and destroying whole ships with its gargantuan set of tentacles. But unlike most mythical creatures, the giant squid actually does exist—only it’s not the boat-crushing monster depicted in legends.
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