For this reason it is usually recorded to the nearest one-tenth of a millimetre (0.0039 in), as is standard in conchology. However, the scaling relationship for this species shows considerable latitude, as demonstrated by a beak of 40 mm (1.6 in) LRL extracted from an animal weighing only 160 kg (350 lb) ([Anonymous], N.d.). In the film Mysterious Island, a cephalopod resembling an ammonite rises from atrench and attacks Captin Nemo and the castaways. But Steve O'Shea commented: The late, great Kir Nesis was not one to exaggerate, and must have had very good reason to cite a possible mantle length of 2.7m [8.9 ft] for Galiteuthis phyllura. Megarachne is a genus of eurypterid, an extinct group of aquatic arthropods.Fossils of Megarachne have been discovered in deposits of Late Carboniferous age, from the Gzhelian stage, in San Luis, Argentina.The fossils of the single and type species M. servinei have been recovered from deposits that had once been a freshwater environment. spines, wings, keels, siphonal canals, etc.) For standard length (excluding the tentacles), Paxton (2016a:83) cited the 31 ft (9.45 m) of the "Three Arms specimen" documented by Verrill (1880a:192) as the "longest measured". Octopus? Much larger ones have been reported but, like the Loch Ness Monster, these usually elude the careful photographer or scientist. In contrast to the vast majority of living cephalopods, which are wholly soft-bodied, size determination of the few surviving shelled species (in terms of shell diameter) is comparatively straightforward and can be accomplished with a high level of precision. The study also painted a portrait of what Antarctica might have looked like 50 million years ago. Clarke (1980) wrote: "I have not yet seen conclusive evidence to suggest that sucker scars are larger than 3.7 centimetres [1.46 in] across" (Ellis, 1998a:142). They brought home a number of fossils -- including the foot bone and partial jaw bone of two prehistoric birds. Kondakovia longimana, sometimes known as the giant warty squid, is a little known species with a circum-Antarctic distribution in the Southern Ocean. This is three times the size of the largest fish eyes—up to 90 mm (3.5 in) in swordfish—and more than twice the diameter of the largest whale eyes—up to 109 mm (4.3 in), 61 mm (2.4 in), and 55 mm (2.2 in) in blue, humpback, and sperm whales, respectively—which are the largest among vertebrates (Nilsson et al., 2012:683). Vampire Squid Mysteries Documentary | The Largest Prehistoric Squid In US | Hell Planet Earth. "The big (pelagornithids) are nearly twice the size of albatrosses, and these bony-toothed birds would have been formidable predators that evolved to be at the top of their ecosystem," said study co-author Thomas Stidham of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. The largest recorded specimen of this species, caught in the Ross Sea in 2007, weighed 495 kg (1,091 lb). On 23rd of May last, the Ven. In giant squid the largest suckers of all are found on the central portion of the tentacular club, called the manus, and among the specimens examined by Förch (1998:53) these reached a maximum diameter of 28–32 mm (1.10–1.26 in). Similarly, Ellis (1998a:106) wrote: "Where [giant] squid carcasses have actually been weighed, it appears that the longest ones—in the 50-foot [15 m] range, for example—weigh about a ton [910 kg]." Crucially, this meant the beak could be measured to estimate the mantle length and total length of the specimen. They added that a female giant squid with a mantle length of 71 in (180 cm) "measured post mortem and relaxed (by modern standards) today would have a total length of ≈32 feet [9.8 m]". Not only would such a monstrous mantle render this the 'largest species of Galiteuthis', but it would give the species a mantle that was considerably longer than that of Architeuthis, and marginally longer (0.2m [0.66 ft]) than the submature Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis) we reported last year [in 2003]. The smaller cephalopods, including the "squids" and the octopi, with other allied forms, [Review of] Descriptions of some new and rare Cephalopoda. Yes, but they go by another name …. The largest know specimen of a Giant Pacific Octopus measured 30 feet in length and weighed 600 pounds. Tusoteuthis (meaning "crushed squid") is an extinct genus of very large enchoteuthidid cephalopod that lived during the Cretaceous. In 1971 a portion of an ammonite possibly surpassing this specimen was reportedly found in a brickyard in Bottrop, western Germany (Beer, 2015). For records of large individuals of this species, see Dall (1873), Verrill (1876), Phillips (1933), Croker (1934), Phillips (1961), and Smith (1963). Nautiluses are the only extant cephalopods with a true external shell; in other groups the shell has been internalised or lost completely. Reaching an estimated 3 m (9.8 ft) in mantle length and 10 m (33 ft) in total length, and weighing as much as 495 kg (1,091 lb), this species is also the largest of all extant invertebrates (Rosa & Seibel, 2010; McClain et al., 2015; Rosa et al., 2017). Discredited weights of as much as a tonne (2,200 lb) or more are not uncommon in older literature (see below; O'Shea & Bolstad, 2008). Size of unsexed specimen from North Atlantic, likely a female. It is possible that the maximum size of the species has decreased over this period, perhaps due to bioaccumulation of toxicants (see below; Anderson, 2003:3; Cosgrove & McDaniel, 2009:71; Yong, 2015). This must have been a tentacle. Like albatrosses, the pelagornithids traveled widely over the world, and could have flown for weeks at a time over the sea. It would be more than a decade before the true first photographs of a live giant squid in the wild were taken on 30 September 2004 by Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori (Kubodera & Mori, 2005; Kubodera, 2010:25). The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the king of rodents. of an inch [20.6–6.4 mm] in diameter; every sucker was strengthened by a bony ring armed with from forty to sixty sharp incurved teeth. By comparison, the large females of this species reach total lengths of 2 m (6.6 ft) and probably some 10 kg (22 lb) in weight. Given as the maximum size for the species, with no reference to a particular specimen. Pelagornithids would have existed in this ecosystem alongside the others, potentially competing for foraging and nesting spaces. Kirk (1888:38) provides a table with a detailed breakdown of the specimen's various measurements. This specimen, the largest of this species and possibly of all octopuses, was the first validated record of Haliphron from the South Pacific. Verrill says the largest suckers on the tentacles of a 32 ft [9.8 m] long specimen measured 1¼ in [3.2 cm] in diameter, and those on a 52-footer [16 m] about 2 in [5.1 cm]. Really Gigantic Squid? O'Shea (2003a) put the maximum weight of female giant squid at 275 kg (606 lb), based on the examination of some 105 specimens as well as beaks recovered from sperm whales (which do not exceed the size of those found in the largest complete specimens). Heteromorph ammonites are known to have exceeded 1 m (3.3 ft) in length also, but since their shells were uncoiled to varying degrees, they were overall much smaller than the largest non-heteromorphs. At the time, oceans had yet to be dominated by whales and seals -- meaning easy prey for the giant birds. (CNN)In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. The length of the tentacular arms is not a very important character, as they are known to be capable of extension or retraction at the will of the animal, at least to a considerable extent. Did Ancient Sea Monster Turn Prey Into Art? Its teeth could grow up to 12 inches long. It is the greatest measurable extent of a specimen from the posterior end of the mantle or fins (or tail, if present; see Arkhipkin et al., 2015) to the apex of the longest limb (Roper & Voss, 1983:58). Since there is a cubic relationship between the linear dimensions of Architeuthis and its volume or weight, this means the Thimble Tickle monster must have scaled about 2.8 tonnes [6,200 lb] (i.e. It was a splendid specimen—the largest yet taken—the body measuring 20 feet [6.1 m] from the beak to the extremity of the tail. Similar tentacled sea monsters are known from other parts of the globe, including the Akkorokamui of Japan and Te Wheke-a-Muturangi of New Zealand. The lower rostral length (LRL) of the beak is often used for this purpose. It is a straight-line measure, not measured over the curve of the body. The fins were posterior, and were mere lateral expansions of the mantle, they did not extend over the back as in the case with Onychoteuthis, etc. Even if Galiteuthis lacks hooks on the arms it would still be a most frightening squid to bump into in the abyss. Although often called a squid, it is now thought to be more closely related to modern octopuses. Measurements showed that, although Mr. Smith was over the mark in giving the total length as 62 feet [18.9 m] (probably, not having a measure with him, he only stepped the distance), those figures were not so very far out; for, although the body was in all ways smaller than any of the hitherto-described New Zealand species, the enormous development of the very slight tentacular arms brought the total length up to 55 feet 2 inches [16.81 m], or more than half as long again as the largest species yet recorded from these seas. Roper & Jereb (2010c:165) questioned the validity of this record, writing: "this is considered a doubtful record that might refer to total length; probably the maximum mantle length is less than 400 to 500 mm". An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. It would have weighed about 42½ tons [38.6 tonnes]." The rostral length of the lower and upper beaks is the standard measure of beak size in Decapodiformes; hood length is preferred for Octopodiformes (Clarke, 1986:11). In terms of mass, the largest of all known cephalopods were likely the giant shelled ammonoids and endocerid nautiloids (Teichert & Kummel, 1960:6), though perhaps still second to the largest living cephalopods when considering tissue mass alone (Vermeij, 2016). A study of fossils discovered there found, "My guess is that (Antarctica) was a rich and diverse place," said Thomas Mörs, a senior curator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, in April. Pisor (2008) was the fifth and final print edition of the registry published prior to the rule change, and Barbier et al. over 2 in [5.1 cm] in diameter, are old scars that have increased in size as the sperm whale grew. The total length of the specimen, when complete, has been estimated at 4 m (13 ft), and its weight at 75 kg (165 lb) (O'Shea, 2004a:9). Effects of temperature and phylogeny on interspecific comparisons of age and size at maturity, The biogeography and numerical taxonomy of the oegopsid squid family Ommastrephidae in the Pacific Ocean, Origin, evolution and systematics of the dwarf acanthoceratid. The Undersea Voyager Project – Board of Directors. Cosgrove (1987) and Cosgrove & McDaniel (2009:69) gave a maximum confirmed weight of 71 kg (157 lb) for a live specimen collected in the mid-1960s (McClain et al., 2015). An annotated and Illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Another claim goes for marks on the skin of such a whale, looking like the mark of a sucking disk over 2 feet [0.6 m] in diameter" (Ley, 1959:210). Total length is not to be confused with arm span—also known as arm spread, radial span, or radial spread—which may be much larger and is often reported for octopuses (for which the arms usually constitute the vast majority of the length). Berzin's (1972) Indian Ocean claim is suspect because of the roundness of the figure, the lack of detailed measurements and because in an associated photo, the mantle (whose length was not given) does not look very large compared to the men in the image. And no, we're not talking about Cthulhu. Onykia robusta, previously known as Moroteuthis robusta (see Bolstad, 2008; 2010) and sometimes called the robust clubhook squid, has a mantle length of up to 200 cm (6.6 ft) (Norman, 2000:174; Bolstad, 2008:107; Okutani, 2015b). One specimen was not retained, but the other two were; one with head and arms missing had a dorsal mantle length of 158 cm [5.18 ft] and weighed 95 kg [209 lb], and the other in near-perfect condition was 2.1 m [6.9 ft] total length (ML not given) and 110 kg [240 lb]. ; each measured 24 inches [61 cm] in length and 13 inches [33 cm] in width. Consequently the measurement, if accurate, would represent another animal with very long tentacles. Based on a 40-year data set of more than 50 specimens, The maximum confirmed total length for this species is 6 m (, Estimate based on specimen observed by commercial, Total length of immature specimen measuring 0.45 m ML. Nilsson et al. Jul 26, 2016 - Explore cassie edmonds's board "prehistoric wildlife" on Pinterest. The list of largest cephalopods by mantle length is dominated by squids, with more than twenty species exceeding the largest-bodied octopuses and cuttlefish. Prehistoric predatory cockroaches sound like inspiration for a Stephen King novel to us. Both A. cygnus and A. pacificus are considered synonyms of A. argo by Finn (2013) and Finn (2014b). On the 2d day of November last, Stephen Sherring, a fisherman residing in Thimble Tickle, not far from the locality where the other devil-fish [Verrill specimen No. The smallest are only about 1 centimetre (0.39 in) long and weigh less than 1 gram (0.035 oz) at maturity, while the largest—the giant and colossal squids—can exceed 10 metres (33 ft) in length and weigh close to half a tonne (1,100 lb), making them the largest living invertebrates. There are anecdotal reports of much larger individual animals, including from diver Scott Cassell, who has dived with Humboldt squid over 300 times, more than any other person (Cassell, 2005). A small, early-maturing, equatorial form is also known. Picot managed to hack off one of its tentacles, which was subsequently examined by a number of authors (see Murray, 1874; Verrill, 1875a; Verrill, 1875b). Maximum size of large form is 30–65 cm ML for females and 18.0–28.0 cm ML for males. Though a substantial number of colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) remains have been recorded (Xavier et al., 1999 collated 188 geographical positions for whole or partial specimens caught by commercial and scientific fisheries), very few adult or subadult animals have ever been documented, making it difficult to estimate the maximum size of the species. Specimen weighed prior to freezing (, Commonly reaches a maximum weight of around 20–30 kg (, Largest complete specimen, found floating at surface off, Probably exceeds the recorded mass of 30 kg according to, Weight of mature female (88.5 cm ML) caught in bottom trawl at 685–700 m depth over, Estimate based on incomplete 61.0 kg mature female, measured defrosted and wet, prior to fixing. Photographs that purportedly show a giant squid carcass that washed up on an Indonesia beach actually show a dead whale. 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Cephalopods vastly larger than either giant or colossal squids have been postulated at various times. They added that a 55-foot (17 m) specimen, such as the one reported from Thimble Tickle,[nb 10] "would have weighed 29¼ or 30 tons [26.5 or 27.2 tonnes] including the tentacles—a truly noble animal, being a little more than one-fifth the weight of the largest whale and larger than the whale sharks and basking sharks, the largest of all fishes" (MacGinitie & MacGinitie, 1949). A video of the same animal appeared in a Japanese made-for-television film (Ellis, 1998a:211). On the subject of the oft-cited maximum size of 18 metres—or 60 feet—Dery (2013) quoted giant squid experts Steve O'Shea and Clyde Roper: If this figure [45 ft or 14 m] seems a little short of the Brobdingnagian claims made for Architeuthis in most pop-science stories about the animal, that's probably because virtually every general-interest article dutifully repeats the magic number of 60 feet. I that afternoon proceeded to the spot and made a careful examination, took notes, measurements, and also obtained a sketch, which, although the terribly heavy rain and driving southerly wind rendered it impossible to do justice to the subject, will, I trust, convey to you some idea of the general outline of this most recently-arrived Devil-fish. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. The sculpture appeared on a Canadian postage stamp issued in 2011 (Hickey, 2010; [Anonymous], N.d.). For decades, the fossils sat in a museum at the University of California Berkeley -- until a graduate student named Peter Kloess started poking around in 2015. Shell diameter to 9.0 cm. The siphuncle was a … 18. Certain benthic octopuses such as Callistoctopus ornatus are able to elongate and retract their mantles and therefore mantle length measurements, even when taken from a live specimen, may vary considerably. Examination of gladius remains has yielded an estimated mantle length close to or equal to that of the modern giant squid. 14; see Verrill, 1880a:189], and five feet [1.5 m] longer than the one taken by [fisherman William] Budgell [No. And the specific individuals that the fossils belong to may have been the biggest of them all, the study suggests. Ammonoids (commonly, but colloquially, known as ammonites) were a type of prehistoric cephalopod related to todays nautiloids. I am not wholly inclined to discredit a report of an endoceroid found in a quarry near Watertown New York, which was measured before it was broken up and found to attain a length of 30 feet [9.1 m]. In July 2010, a sperm whale was photographed off the Azorean island of Faial with a large squid—likely T. danae—in its mouth. Didn't go for her, though, no place to keep her!" The subject was covered in some detail by Wood (1982:192): Measurements of 90 ft [27 m], 130 ft [40 m] and even 200 ft [61 m] have been conjectured for giant squids from the size of sucker marks found on the skins of captured sperm whales, but it is dangerous to place too much reliance on this evidence. He reported capturing an immense creature weighing 600 pounds [272 kg] and measuring 32 feet [9.8 m] from arm tip to top. Such is the fame of the Thimble Tickle specimen that a Giant Squid Interpretation Centre and a "life-sized", 55-foot (17 m) sculpture have been built near the site of its capture (Hickey, 2009). Maximum recorded mantle length for females is 41.0 cm. The registry only covers the shells of nautiluses and Spirula and the eggcases of Argonauta. In 1885, reporting on the longest octopus specimen reliably recorded up to that point, renowned malacologist William Healey Dall wrote: In 1874 I speared an octopus in the harbor of Iliuliuk, Unalashka, which was afterward hung, by a cord tied around the body immediately behind the arms, to one of the stern davits of the coast survey vessel under my command. On measuring the distance with a cord, I found it to be sixteen feet [4.9 m], giving the creature a spread from tip to tip of the longest pair of arms, of not less than thirty-two feet [9.8 m]. This fossil has been polished and is 100% authentic. Size estimate based on two portions of an, This page was last edited on 6 December 2020, at 23:51. Only an arm and a tentacle were collected, but they were so large (the arm was 40 cm long [15.6 inches] and the tentacle 115 cm [44.8 inches]) that Nesis was able to estimate the mantle length at 265 to 275 cm (8.61 to 8.93 feet), and the total length at over 4 meters (more than 13 feet). From the funnel at the back of its head it was ejecting large volumes of water, this being its method of moving backward, the force of the stream, by the reaction of the surrounding medium, driving it in the required direction. I then proceeded to extract the so-called skeleton, but found that some person or persons, who had visited the spot earlier than myself, had not been able to resist the temptation to try the temper of their knives upon its back, and had in consequence severed the cuttle-bone in various places. Owing to its small mantle size, Wood (1982:191) estimated that "this specimen probably weighed less than 300 lb [140 kg]". The birds were huge, with wingspans reaching up to 21 feet (6.4 meters). The diameter of the complete shell has been estimated at 2.55 m (8.4 ft), assuming the living chamber took up one-fourth of the outer whorl (Landois, 1895:100). When ventral mantle length is meant instead of dorsal this is always specified as such and abbreviated VML (Roper & Voss, 1983:58). The octopod superfamily Argonautoidea is characterised by markedly dwarfed males (Boletzky, 1999:24; 2003:20; Norman et al., 2002:733). You’d think such a huge animal wouldn't be hard to miss. There are unconfirmed reports from the 19th century of giant squid eyes up to 40 cm (1.3 ft) across (Land & Nilsson, 2012:86). “Most importantly, we did not find a monster. "These Antarctic fossils ... likely represent not only the largest flying birds of the Eocene but also some of the largest volant birds that ever lived," said the study. The claw marks take the form of scratches 2–3 m. [6.6–9.8 ft] in length, and appear to be of more frequent occurrence than sucker marks" (Matthews, 1938). Daniel (1925), however, examined sucker marks on the head of one cachalot which measured 3½ in [8.9 cm] across, and others measuring up to 5 in [13 cm] in diameter have been found on the skins of sperm whales captured in the North Atlantic. Jock MacLean's 1956 Port Hardy behemoth was the biggest ever weighed. The following four tables list only extant species; extinct taxa are treated separately at the end. Extreme penis elongation has been observed in the deep water squid Onykia ingens. The bird with the foot bone is "the largest specimen known for the entire extinct group of pelagornithids," while the bird with the jaw bone was likely "as big, if not bigger, than the largest known skeletons of the bony-toothed bird group.". A subadult female found in the Ross Sea in March 2003 also had a mantle length of around 2.5 m (8.2 ft), and measured 5.4 m (18 ft) in total length, but was comparatively light at only 300 kg (660 lb) (Griggs, 2003; McClain et al., 2015). Zoologist Addison Emery Verrill of Yale, at the time the country's foremost authority on cephalopods, was initially convinced that it represented a previously unknown species of gigantic octopus, and even proposed for it the scientific name Octopus giganteus (Verrill, 1897b, c). Literature sources give a maximum weight of 50 kg (110 lb) (Roper et al., 1984; Roper & Jereb, 2010i:364; Okutani, 2015b). Danna Staaf’s Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, tells the story of the world of ancient cephalopods—at least, as … Parts of this specimen are now in the U. S. national museum. New data on the life history and ecology of the deep-sea hooked squid, Giant Squid Could Be Bigger Than a School Bus, Beak length analysis of the Southern Ocean squid, Rare Photos: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale. Steve O'Shea estimated the maximum total length for males at 10 m (33 ft) (O'Shea, 2003a). – although there are heavily debated records that even purport they could weigh up to a whopping 0.3 tons –, this is the largest octopus that exists today. Seymour Island, part of Antarctica closest to the tip of South America, has been the site of numerous other breakthroughs. By comparison, the largest known colossal squid beak from a sperm whale stomach measured 49 mm (1.9 in) in LRL (O'Shea & Bolstad, 2008). Roper & Vecchione (1993) were however consistent in their use of the 61.4 kg figure. Mantle length of incomplete 2.90 m TL mature female, measured defrosted and wet, prior to fixing. The largest well documented specimen is a 160 cm ML mature female reported by Roper & Vecchione (1993) from the North Atlantic. The Largest Ammonite In the World. Squids are the largest living cephalopods in terms of each of mantle length, total length, and mass, with the largest species by at least two of these measures being the colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. Whatever the type of cephalopod, in the absence of whole specimens, size can often be estimated from only partial remains. Reports of giant squid (Architeuthis dux) specimens reaching or even exceeding 18 m (59 ft) in total length are widespread, but no animals approaching this size have been scientifically documented in recent times (O'Shea & Bolstad, 2008; Dery, 2013; Yong, 2015). There are good reasons to believe that there may even exist specimens twice as long as that of Thimble Tickle, which, depending upon their girth, might have weighed between 16 and 216 tons, but more likely around 64 tons." Video footage shot in 2005 in deep water off Japan shows T. danae emitting blinding flashes of light from these photophores as it attacks its prey (see Kubodera et al., 2006). A Gull-eating Octopus in Victoria, BC, First encounter with a live male blanket octopus: the world's most sexually size‐dimorphic large animal. There is, however, a discrepancy between the total length of 684 in (17.37 m, or exactly 57 ft) given in the table—which agrees with the individual values of 71 in (1.80 m) for the mantle, 22 in (0.56 m) for the head, and 591 in (15.01 m) for the tentacles—and the total length of 55 ft 2 in (16.81 m) given by Kirk in the body of the article. 1. The largest albinistic N. p. pompilius is listed by Barbier et al. The other fossil beak sat in the mouth of an even larger cephalopod. Nevertheless, claims of enormous sucker scars are widespread in the literature. Kraken Rocken: Reports of the possible spotting of a kraken near Antarctica actually show a very large rock. Mantle length has been estimated from video recordings of squid in the wild (Zeidberg, 2004:4195; Phillips, 2004:ii). Distinctive behaviour of Thai pygmy squid, Who's up for lunch? (N.d.) as a 175.0 mm specimen trawled at 400 m depth off Zamboanga in the Philippines (year given as 2013; in collection of Havelet Marine). The literature on cephalopod size has been further muddied by the frequent misattribution of various squid specimens to the giant squid genus Architeuthis, often based solely on their large size. The Humboldt squid commonly attains a weight of around 20–30 kg (44–66 lb) (Roper et al., 2010b:301) and can reach a maximum of 50 kg (110 lb) (Nigmatullin et al., 2001:10; Roper et al., 2010b:301). Ignored – rediscovered – ignored again! A related measure is standard length (SL), which is the combined length of the mantle, head, and arms, excluding the often long feeding tentacles (Clarke, 1996:1105; O'Shea & Bolstad, 2008). 13 Nevertheless, mantle length is not equally applicable to all species. (2013) supports the existence of a single, globally distributed species (A. dux). – and final vindication for, Evidence for a Triassic Kraken: unusual arrangement of bones at Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada, Triassic Kraken: the Berlin ichthyosaur death assemblage interpreted as a giant cephalopod midden. An octopus trilogy. The species was the largest eagle known to have existed even in those times. This is the most extreme sexual size dimorphism known among non-microscopic animals,[nb 3] with mature females being at least 10,000 times heavier than males, and likely up to 40,000 times heavier (Norman et al., 2002:733; Fairbairn, 2007:3). There is some debate in the scientific community as to the evolutionary reason behind the extremely large eyes of giant and colossal squids (Partridge, 2012). A giant, prehistoric squid with tentacles so formidable has entered the news cycle that it has sucked the brains right out of writers' heads. The closely related Idiosepius pygmaeus weighs only 0.00033 g (1.2×10−5 oz) upon hatching and increases in weight to 0.175 g (0.0062 oz) as it reaches maturity in 50 days (Wood & O'Dor, 2000:93). [nb 7]. The hatchling N. pompilius weighing 4.33 g [0.153 oz], with a maximum shell diameter of 26.25 mm [1.033 in], fit a highly significant correlation [...] between cubed shell diameter and weight, which indicates that a hatchling N. belauensis with a 30 mm [1.2 in] shell diameter [...] would weigh approximately 5.9 g [0.21 oz]. The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as the 'jumbo squid', grows to a maximum mantle length of at least 120 cm (3.9 ft) (Nigmatullin et al., 2001; Roper et al., 2010b:301), if not 150 cm (4.9 ft) (Wormuth, 1976:38; Norman, 2000:165; Glaubrecht & Salcedo-Vargas, 2004:54). Cephalopods of the world. 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