You must distinguish between giant squid (Architeuthis) and colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) which are two separate species. Giant squid, one of the must elusive and mysterious animals on earth, can get as long as 43 feet long from the caudal fin to the end of their tentacles. Giant squid have tentacles lined with suckers, while colossal squid also have hooks on their tentacles. Colossal squid can get up to 46 feet long and are believed to be the world’s largest invertebrates. Though sighting of giant and colossal squid have been reported since antiquity, no live specimen was actually photographed in the wild until 2004, and video was not taken until 2006. These remain among the least-understood sea creatures in the world.
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