From Mermen to Architeuthis, Our Fascination with the Giant Squid

Humans have long been captivated by what we now call the giant squid (Architeuthis). This image gallery gives a glimpe into our fascination with the animal. For a long time, people saw mysterious movements in the water or found dead giant squid and didn't know what they were—and even confused a giant squid carcass with a merman or mermaid. Now we know otherwise, but it took a long time for scientific evidence to replace the myths about giant squid.

People once thought giant squid (right) were Sea Monks or mermen (left)—mythical creatures that were part fish-like and part human male.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

i dont understand is it a giant squid or a mermen a myth i cant believe this oh come on

Submitted by Ralph (not verified) on

Do you know how many giant squids are estimated to be around today? Are they overfished as well?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Thanks for your comment about the slideshow. We've been working on it, and it should be fixed now.