Female Giant Squid

Preview A female giant squid being prepared for display.
(Don Hurlbert/Smithsonian Institution)

The larger of two giant squids on display in the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall, this female was caught in a fisherman's net off the coast of Spain in 2005. It was probably 2-3 years old and, when alive, 11 meters (36 feet) long with tentacles that extended 6.7 meters (22 feet). It weighed more than 150 kilograms (330 pounds). Since then it has shrunk considerably. But, at 7.6 meters (25 feet) long, it is still a very impressive sight. More about the giant squid can be found in our Giant Squid page.