Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 17 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Not much is known about the mysterious giant squid, a creature that was first captured on film in 2005. Now, researchers have decoded the giant cephalopod's genome, hoping to unlock more secrets about the legendary squid. The research, published in Giga Science, notes the giant squid has an enormous genome, with an estimated 2.7 billion DNA base pairs.
With their peculiar movement, deep-sea habitat, and surprisingly huge genomes, squid have fascinated humans for centuries. And now, for the first time, scientists have put the cephalopods in an MRI to get a better look at their brains -- revealing that they are much more like another animal beloved to humans than we realized. That's right: Your calamari has a brain just about as complex as a dog. Scientists used an MRI machine to get a good look at the brain of a juvenile reef squid. They were able to identify 145 previously unknown pathways and connections, which could help unravel the mystery behind a nifty squid skill -- camouflage.
An incredibly rare deep sea giant squid, about 14ft long, was found washed up on the shores of Britannia Bay in South Africa. Jaw-dropping footage was captured of the washed up deep sea beast by eye witnesses showing scale of the 440lb sea monster, which has a beak-like mouth where its tentacles meet. Giant squid are extremely elusive, having never been photographed alive before 2002, and only being filmed for the first time in 2006. That makes the group, including Adéle Grosse who filmed the footage, extremely lucky to have had such a close encounter with the rare monster of the deep. Giant squid can grow up to 43 feet long, and their terrifying size is thought to have inspired belief in the existence of the kraken, a mythological sea monster.
You socialize with family and friends, you solve puzzles and make choices. Humans may be some of the most cerebral animals on the planet, but we know we're not alone in having this sort of behavioral complexity. Primates create incredible social structures. But all of these critters have one thing in common: they're vertebrates. Members of our subphylum share more than just a backbone; our common ancestor gifted us with the sort of structure and central nervous system that lends itself to behavioral complexity.
Although many fish species are in serious decline due to rising ocean temperatures and over fishing, it seems squid and octopuses are flourishing. The cephalopods have increased in numbers over the past 60 years, according to new research. Squid, octopuses and cuttlefish are known to be highly adaptable and grow rapidly, which may be giving them an advantage as ocean environments change. Cephalopods, which include octopus, squid (pictured) and cuttlefish, have increased their numbers over the last 60 years due to their ability to adapt to changing environments. An international team of biologists, led by researchers at the University of Adelaide, compiled a database of global catch rates of cephalopod to investigate long-term trends in abundance.