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35 Nightmare Sea Monsters
Colossal Squid Washed Up On Shore [Image via Adéle Grosse/Iziko Museums of South Africa]

Colossal Squid

While we’ve had a lot of fun discussing some biblical, mythological, or fictional nightmare creatures of the ocean, there is one that is very real and capable of dealing a lot of damage if it desires. Originally discovered in 1925, most did not believe it was true. We found out over the years that they are very real and they tend to be located in the cold, Southern Arctic Ocean.

They can reach a little over 1,000lbs or 490+ kilograms on average. Meanwhile, the largest known have weighed between 1,300 to 1,500lbs or 600 to 700 kilograms. In length, they have been known to reach between 30 to 33 feet or 9 to 10 meters. While one would assume they’d kill prey easily due to their size, they actually tend to be ambush predators and use bioluminescence, or the production of light, to capture prey.

 

 

Sources: [Live Science, Smithsonian Magazine, NOAA, Huffington Post, Forbes, Ranker, Science.com]

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