Finding Nemo’s nemesis

By Susan Aiello • Published: January 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

They’ve starred in everything from Jules Verne novels to Hollywood blockbusters. Now one’s been discovered off Jensen Beach.

This summer, Florida fishermen hauled in a 25-foot giant squid. This is by no means a record, as these sea creatures have been recorded to reach 60 feet long and weigh more than half a ton.

The new specimen resides with the Florida Museum of Natural History, and scientists from the University of Florida have preserved it for display and study. They’re hoping to learn more about these behemoths, which live in such deep water that they are rarely seen.

Given the freshness of the sample, scientists will try and extract DNA that may tell if giant squid are all one species, or many. Laboratory study should also reveal details about the biology of these mysterious ocean dwellers. Captain Nemo would be envious.