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.
Fishermen have wondered about the "cock-eyed" squid's mismatched eyes for more than a hundred years. Its bulging left eye is big and yellow, whereas the right eye is much smaller and clear. "They are freaky and weird looking--you want to know what is going on with their eyeballs," says Duke biologist Katie Thomas, who led a new study on the animal, also called the strawberry squid. In the 1970s, Richard Young, a squid biologist, had hypothesized that the larger eye detects dim sunlight, which helps the squid spot prey swimming overhead. But the creatures are difficult to study in their habitat, which can be as far as 3,300 feet deep.
Scientists have published the full genome sequence of the mysterious giant squid, which seems to hint at the creature's high intelligence. An international research team found that their genes look a lot like other animals – with a genome size not far behind that of humans. The mysterious squid, Architeuthius dux, has eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that snatch prey from 10 yards away. Its average length is around 33 feet – approximately the size of an average-sized school bus. But these legendary creatures are notoriously elusive and sightings are rare, making them difficult to study.
If you needed any more proof that nature is ruthless, scary and unforgiving, take a peek at this video of giant spider crabs ripping a poor squid to shreds. Spider crabs usually migrate to Port Phillip Bay, Australia from May to July as waters cool down, so seeing this kind of migration in February is surprising. Chiharu Shimowada, the diver who provided this video to Storyful, said in his 10 years of scuba he has never seen anything like this. At least we know they're eating well on the way to their new home. Talented rapper drops a 6-minute nonstop freestyle that's absolutely fire'Robo Recall' is a free VR game about killing robots as a robot and it's out now The Oscar for best performance of all time goes to... Brad Pitt goes back to the front in Netflix's'War Machine'