~ How big do giant squid get? ~

Dr. Clyde Roper

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Giant squid get really large. They have been recorded as long as 60 feet in total length. Most of the specimens that have been found are really in the 35-45 foot range for the largest size, and then many are in the 20-30 feet. Total length includes the body, the head, the arms, and the two long feeding tentacles.

The feeding tentacles are very much longer than the rest of the body. The heaviest animals that have been weighed or estimated are about a ton. Most of the time they are a thousand pounds or less. No matter what, giant squids are the largest invertebrate animals ever to have lived on the face of the earth.

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