Giant Squid and Squid Expert

Dr. Clyde Roper, Smithsonian zoologist and squid expert, tries to measure up to a giant squid specimen (Architeuthis) from New Zealand. The squid wins. More about the giant squid can be found in our Giant Squid featured story.

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Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Hi there,

Thanks so much for reading and for your comment. I've seen a few pictures from Google Earth that look like giant squid just offshore, but I'm pretty sure they are just boats seen from space. Is that what you're referencing?

Thanks again for visiting!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

there's giant squid on google earth, literally dwarfing this one. Off Monterey Bay, Ca. 100 feet long!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

looks like my comment didn't go through, so here it is again- sorry if it comes up twice-
I found GIANT squid (100 feet long) on Google Earth off Monterey Bay, Ca. today (April 29th, 2012). There's one that is heading north along the coast, out in the deep, and what caught my eye was a long shape that went against the flow of the water so I knew it was some creature, maybe a whale. I zoomed in closer and found that it resembles exactly the huge white squid in Loch Ness, which is seen on Google Earth, but it's not white like that one, just lighter blue compared to the water around it so it doesn't pop out. I thought someone like yourself should be aware of it. It's absolutley amazing and not a little scary.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I have found giant squid off the Monterey Bay in California, on Google Earth, and they are quite a bit larger than this- to put it lightly. It's actually really scary and one is near a boat so you can compare it with the squid, which seems to be close to the surface because it's image is visible from underwater. I don't know if it's common knowledge or not, but there are Giant Squid on Google Earth off Monterey Bay, Ca. Just like the squid found in Loch Ness on Google Earth only they're not white like that so they don't pop out. I found them while scanning the other day (today is April 29th, 2012). Are you familiar with this?