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Measuring longer than a school bus and sporting tentacles covered in razor-sharp hooks, the colossal squid is the stuff of nightmares. However, new research suggests the enormous sea creature may not be the fierce hunter of legend.
This finding not only upends science's understanding of the squid itself, but forces a re-evaluation of its role in the entire ecosystem where it lives, some 3,000 to 6,000 feet (914 to 1,830 meters) beneath the Antarctic sea.
(The so-called giant squid belongs to the genus Architeuthis, a different group of animals from the colossal squid.)
The Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, from Greek mesos (middle), nychus (claw), and teuthis (squid)), sometimes called the Antarctic or Giant Cranch Squid, is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass