Scientists have captured and collected not one, but three juvenile giant squid in the first confirmed collection of its kind. All three specimens were collected off the south-west coast of Japan by fishermen. Each squid was less than one pound and between five and thirteen inches in length. One of the three specimens was collected alive and two were collected together.
The confirmed genetic match with Architeuthis dux was published this week in the journal Marine Biodiversity Records.
“Although nothing is known of the spawning areas of the giant squid, the presence of juvenile or small, young individuals should be useful for the presumption of spawning grounds.”
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