Giant squid: mystery of the deep-sea monster

for a Long time the giant squid belonged to the world of fairy tales and Say: it was not Until 1857, the Danish naturalist Japetus Steenstrup, described for the

Giant squid: mystery of the deep-sea monster

for a Long time the giant squid belonged to the world of fairy tales and Say: it was not Until 1857, the Danish naturalist Japetus Steenstrup, described for the first Time the real Version of the mythical creature and gave the species the Latin name Architeuthis dux. It belongs to the genre of the ten-armed squid. Often, the giant is referred to Kalmar erroneously as a giant octopus, they count to the group of eight-armed squid. Until today, something about the giant squid is poorly known. Due to its habitat is The dark deep sea is. Researchers believe that the puzzle can reach-like sea creatures, including two thin-catching tentacles of a length of about 13 meters and a weight of over 900 kilograms.

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in 2012, researchers were able to film an adult animal living in its natural environment. The Material was recorded off the island of Chichi-jima, about 1,000 kilometers South of Tokyo, at a depth of 630 meters. Only a year later, revealed scientists from the natural history Museum in Denmark, the family secret of the mysterious being on. Their surprising discovery: It exists in the world only one species of giant squid.

The researchers studied the DNA of 43 specimens from different regions of the earth. The results show that all investigated animals are genetically almost identical. Inger Winkelmann from the University of Copenhagen explains: "We suspect that the young animals that live on the surface of the sea, are distributed by the flow over the whole of the world's oceans." The animals have reached a certain size, they can survive in the deep sea. It is believed that the adult animals stay in one place. However, the researcher stresses is still much too little about the deep-sea dwellers. For example, nobody knows how fast they grow or how old you may ever be.

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Updated Date: 11 August 2020, 16:27

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