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America's Navy: Project Architeuthis US Department of Defense / U.
The elusive architeuthis, also known as giant squid, is a creature that dwells deep within the ocean's secret, shadowy depths.
According to Forbes, Project Architeuthis was formed not only to create awareness and attract potential shipmates, but also to leave participants with a favorable image of the Navy--and codebreaking.
So what have scientists deduced about Architeuthis dux?
The squid - Latin name Architeuthis - has become more than just a menu item thanks to research undertaken by two Japanese scientists, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori, who dangled a line some 450 fathoms long and equipped with a camera, off the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific.
The giant squid Architeuthis is known to reach up to 60ft in length but otherwise there is a lot we don't know about it, just one example of how little we know about life less than a mile down in the oceans of the world.
The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 25-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey at 2,700 feet deep off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands.
The giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is the world's largest invertebrate, living at depths of up to 6,500 feet.
After frightening an entire generation out of the ocean with ``Jaws,'' author and oceanographer Peter Benchley has created a new underwater terror - architeuthis dux or the great squid - the world's largest invertebrate.
The specimens, which range in size from 9 to 13 millimeters, have been conclusively identified as Architeuthis through DNA testing.
Scientists' knowledge of Architeuthis is minuscule compared with that of many other species of squid, in part because no living adult specimen has ever been found, and primary research is based on post-mortem specimens pulled up in fishing nets or washed up on the shore.
They will use a research submersible to search for a live Architeuthis, a giant squid.
Unlike the 9-foot 440-pound giant squid Architeuthis dux that washed onto a Massachusetts beach years earlier, this new squid has hooks instead of cuplike suckers on its arms, says Clyde Roper, a zoologist with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.
ARCHIE THE GIANT SQUID NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON CAUGHT off the coast of the Falklands in 2004, Archie (short for Latin name Architeuthis dux) is 28ft long with 31ftlong tentacles and so rare curators decided to preserve her whole.
The squid, Architeuthis dux, is one of 22million preserved zoological specimens stored at the museum.
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