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.
They look like something straight out of a science fiction film. With eyes the size of basketballs, giant squids are perhaps one of the strangest and most elusive creatures on the planet. Scientists have previously measured more than 130 specimens, and say the biggest they've found is 42 feet (13 metres) in length. Now, a new statistical study of these sea monsters suggests they could reach 65 feet (20 metres) in length – or the size of a school bus. Scientists have previously measure more than 130 specimens, and say the biggest they've found is 42 feet (13 meters) in length.
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.
From eyes the size of basketballs to appendages that glow, deep-sea dwellers have developed a range of weird and wonderful features to help them survive their cold, dark habitat. But with one tiny eye and one giant, bulging, yellow eye, this bizarre squid has one of the strangest adaptations of all. Researchers have studied the cockeyed sea creature, and believe the lopsided eyes may be an adaptation to allow the squid to see in both light and dark depths. While you might think that two big eyes would be a better strategy for surviving in the dark ocean, the researchers explain that this isn't the case. Kate Thomas, lead author of the study, said: 'Eyes are really expensive to make and maintain.
An underwater photographer snapped a curious picture of a shark off of Kona, Hawaii, in November 2019. The oceanic whitetip shark had unusual, ring-like markings on its body. The photographer, Deron Verbec, passed the images to Yannis Papastamatiou, a shark researcher and predator ecologist at Florida International University. These telltale scars almost certainly came from a large squid, Papastamatiou and his research team concluded in a study published last week in the Journal of Fish Biology. Though, critically, there's not enough evidence to definitively say it was a giant squid -- the huge, elusive deep sea species only documented on video twice. Regardless, the photos provide compelling evidence of an underwater tussle between a big shark (around six feet long) and a large squid, revealing a deep sea wilderness that us land-dwellers still don't know much about.