Release the Kraken! Giant Squid Photos

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'It is a Whopper:' Giant Squid on Beach

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In this photo released by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, a giant squid is seen after it washed up onto Ocean Beach in Strahan, Tasmania, Tuesday, July, 10. 2007. The squid, measuring 1 meter (3 feet) across at its widest point and 8 meters (26 feet) from the tip of its body to the end of its tentacles, was found early Wednesday by a beachcomber at Ocean Beach on the island state of Tasmania's west coast.

Beached Giant Squid

Giant squid beached

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Giant squid are almost never observed in the wild, but beached specimens have taught scientists about their anatomy.

Giant Squid

Beached giant squid

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An autopsy of a beached giant squid in Canada.

Giant Squid's Length

Giant squid autopsy

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Scientists estimate that giant squid can grow up to about 60 feet (18 meters) long, including their massive tentacles.

Giant Squid Beak

Giant squid beak

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The beak of a giant squid. The animals are apparently skilled hunters, eating fish and other squid.

Squid Autopsy

Giant squid autopsy

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Scientists autopsy a giant squid corpse. Giant squid weren't observed live in their natural habitats until 2004.

Squid Tentacle

Giant squid tentacle

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The tentacle of a giant squid, sporting large suckers.

Stephanie Pappas
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.