Week 2 Day 2

Use this page to post your research around Giant Animals based on the How Big is It book.
Research from the Book here
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Week 2 Day 3 The Giant Squid

Go online and find out 2-3 interesting facts about the squid research that is happening in New Zealand right now.
Read page 5 of the How Big Is It? book.
Go out and measure the length of the one in the bookl
Now let’s go and do some research.
First of all let’s visit it at home
The following is an interview with one of the scientists
There are some interesting questions and answers about the colossal squid. How did they work out the age of the squid.?
How big are the fish that it eats.
Here is what Scoop had to say
A great photograph of the hooks
Part of Te Papa’s squid blog – talking about the eye


Develop an article that describes the features of the giant / colossal squid.

Post your squid findings here.
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Madison,Greytown


I found out that

1. Most of them weigh over 250kgs

2. They swim in pairs

3. They taste like sashimi (sliced raw fish).

For the size of them they aren't that heavy compared to a 3 ton hippo they're 12 times lighter.



Josie, Greytown

I found out that...
The biggest one ever found was 16.8m long and
it washed up in Lyall Bay.
Also the Giant Squid has the biggest eyes in the
animal kingdom.They like calimari sauce.

Giant Squid eat...
Some people say they eat there own kind.
I don't know if this is true but they can eat
a range from small fish to large sea animals.

Emma, Greytown

I found out that...

Girls can grow up to 43 feet long.
They belong to the Architeuthidae family.
Squids breathe through gills and have suckers.
Giant squid measuring over 4 metres without its two long feeding tentacles.
Giant squid measuring over 4 metres without its two long feeding tentacles.

Cameron Greytown.

I found out that
1. Most of them weigh over 250kgs
2. They swim in pairs
3. They taste like sashimi (sliced raw fish).




Sophie, Greytown


I found out that...
1. The average size for females is 13m and for males is 10m, but the biggest one found was 16.8m long!!!
2. There are so far 8 different species of Giant Squid.
3. The earliest recording of a large squid was in the fourth century B.C.

Tig (greytown)


I researched...
  1. That giant squid have been reported at 20m long but at the moment none have been proven.
  2. They attack WHALES for food: here is a picture of whale skin with tentacle suction scars on it:
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3. The Giant squid attack and hunt prey by attaching their two main tentacles to the victim's head and then attacking with the rest of their tentacles
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Jelmer,Greytown

1.the giant squid has the largest eyes up to around 30 cm in diameter (the size of a soccer ball). These are without doubt the largest eyes that have ever been studied (and probably among the largest eyes that have existed during the history of the animal kingdom
2.They catch prey using the two tentacles, gripping it with serrated sucker rings on the ends. Then they bring it toward the powerful beak, and shred it with the radula (tongue with small, file-like teeth) before it reaches the esophagus

Kaden, Greytown

I found out that scientists think that females can only grow maximum of 13m and males 10m but the one in the book (wow this is big) is 16.8m
There is 8 type of Gant squid.
They belong to the Architeuthidae family
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One Big Squid


Matthew, Greytown


Not very much is known about these fantastic animals.

Giant squids are deep-sea dwellers that can grow up to 13 metres in length.

They are part of the Architeuthidea family and there about 8 different species.

The biggest giant squid ever found was found washed up on Lyall Bay, New Zealand in 1887. It was 16.8 metres long.

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This is a picture of the first ever giant squid captured on film.