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Studying Giant Squid

Dr. Clyde Roper (rear) and museum specialist Mike Sweeny examine a giant squid specimen.
©Ingrid H. Roper

Smithsonian Zoologist Dr. Clyde Roper (rear) and museum specialist Mike Sweeney examine the mantle of a dead giant squid. Everything we know about giant squid comes from studying specimens found washed up on beaches, floating in the ocean, or caught in a fishing net. More about the giant squid can be found in our Giant Squid featured story.