Male Giant Squid
This male giant squid is on display in the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It measures about 2.7 meters (9 feet) long and weighs a little more than 45.5 kilograms (100 pounds). Found off the coast of Spain, it is on loan to the Smithsonian from the Coordinadora para el Estudio y la Protección de las Especies Marinas, which preserves giant squid specimens from the waters of northern Spain. More about the giant squid can be found in our Giant Squid featured story.