Though my favorite animal is the sloth—and I also love frogs, great apes, and plenty of other interesting beings—it’s the giant squid that fascinates me more than any other animal (well, any other animal that has been proven to exist; plenty of cryptozoology creatures fascinate me as well!). The giant squid is one of the largest beings on earth, yet it’s so smart that it eludes humans on a daily basis. What other 43-foot-long animal could evade us so well?
We’ve almost never seen a live giant squid before; it wasn’t even until 2006 when we first caught a glimpse of a giant squid on film. The only incident that I can think of in which a giant squid was caught is the one in which he or she was captured but fought so valiantly to escape that the squid sustained fatal wounds. In fact, I started to watch a documentary on this very instance—not realizing that it was about said instance, and that the scientists only had so long to study it before it began to “decompose,” during which I realized what it was and turned it off! If these massive beings can keep away from us, only washing up on the land when they die, they’ve got to be clever, haven’t they?
In fact, if you watch another documentary—purely speculative, though based on scientific theories, of course—called The Future is Wild, some scientists predict that once humans are gone—and we will be, one day, given our penchant for destroying everything we touch and not sustaining anything other than our own greed—it is the giant squid who will ascend land and become the dominant species. As laughable as this sounds—Discovery Channel mermaids, anyone?—much of the science does make sense, considering that plenty of animals that we do know have evolved so unexpectedly. When I first learned about whales that walked, I was simply blown away; why didn’t we learn this in school? It would have been amazing to read about and discuss with my peers.
Try looking up photos of the giant squid; they are pretty rare, and mostly of dead squid who washed up on a beach somewhere. There is apparently a giant squid on display, well preserved in a block of ice at a museum in Australia; I now have another place among the many on my Bucket List that I really wish to visit! Can you really think of a cooler animal than the giant squid?