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Creature Feature. Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux). Phylum Mollusca Class Cephalopoda Possibly 8 species 33-43 feet in length Weigh 330-610 lbs. Inhabit temperate waters to depths of 1300-2000 feet (400-600m)

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Phylum Mollusca

  • Class Cephalopoda
  • Possibly 8 species
  • 33-43 feet in length
  • Weigh 330-610 lbs.
  • Inhabit temperate waters to depths of 1300-2000 feet (400-600m)
  • Maintain neutral buoyancy in seawater through an ammonium chloride solution which flows throughout their body and is lighter than seawater
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Feed on deep-sea fish and other squid species

  • Catch prey using the two tentacles, gripping it with serrated sucker rings on the ends
  • Only known predators are sperm whales
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Genus Sphyraena

  • 27 known species
  • Ray-finned fish
  • Can weigh up to 100 lbs.
  • Grow up to 6 ft. in length and 1 foot wide
  • Inhabits tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
    • Primarily clear water around coral reefs
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Collective name for a group of barracudas is a battery

  • Feeds on shrimp and any number of other fish
    • Primarily a feeder of reefs
    • Sleek body
  • Use speed to dart through schools of fish (up to 28 miles per hour)
  • Injure fish with razor sharp teeth
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Particularly prefer algae-eating fish

  • Some of these have a build up of toxins
  • Ciguatera poisoning in humans
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Very aggressive

  • However, rarely attack humans
  • Attracted to shiny things
  • If they do attack, usually one quick lunge
    • Brutal, but not usually fatal