Museum scientist, Jonathan Ablett, injecting the Museum's giant squid specimen with a formol-saline solution.
The body of a squid is also referred to as the mantle. It houses the squid's:
The giant squid has a pair of fins at the tip of the mantle.
Next to the mantle is the head which contains the:
Giant squid have a parrot-like beak that
It was previously thought that giant squid had the largest eye of any living species but this record is now held by the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni Robson, 1935) which has an eye with a diameter of around 27cm.
The 2 eyes in the giant squid contain a hard lens which is focused through movement, like a camera, rather than changing shape as the lens in the human eye does.
Giant squid, like most squid, have: