Story: Octopus and squid

Arrow, giant and colossal squid (2nd of 2)

Arrow, giant and colossal squid

This diagram shows the comparative size of three squid species. Arrow squid are common around New Zealand waters, and form the basis of a profitable squid fishery. Giant squid come to breed in deep-sea canyons just off the coast. Colossal squid have not been found around New Zealand, but they are known from subantarctic waters south of New Zealand.

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Squid in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006