|Place of origin||
Several, notably the Medditerranean Sea
|Height of average adult||
Unknown, one specimen found
Unknown, one specimen found
Massive size, many tentacles
Architeuthis amplus, or sometimes known as the Predator Squid, was a type of giant squid originally discovered by Roman commandos Ryanus and Garindus on the Mission to the Medditerranean Sea. The biggest type of squid known to date, it could destroy the biggest of ships by crushing the hull with its tentacles and blasting a hole through the bottom of a ship with its massive, sharp teeth.
The squid had several tentacles that had suction cup-like objects all along the sides.
The squid's diet was very wide. It almost ate anything it could find since most of the squids lived in the deepest part of the oceans. However, the squid could not eat any type of fish from the Scyphozoa class, otherwise known by its general name the "jellyfish". The jellyfish proved poisonous to the squid's digestive organs, and could not consume it. However, curiously, the squid could eat other members of the Cephalopoda class, the order which it was in.
The squid's only predator was a rare type of species called Giglioli's whale. However, the species was only native to the large bodies of water, so some squid were able to keep alive and form a massive underwater community in the depths of the Medditerranean.
The taxonomy of the squid was never disputed. Although many zoologists and cryptozoologists suggested it be placed in its own genus because of its gas-filled sac, they finally placed it in the giant squid genus, Architeuthis, with the amplus species. Amplus means "large" in Latin.
- Kingdom: Animalia
Later in the same year it was discovered by the modern humans, 2028, the Predator Squid was also proven to be the source of the Bloop. The Bloop was an underwater sound detected by the NOAA in the summer of 1997. After being discovered and examined, scientists found a Predator Squid family in the Atlantic Ocean and explored the area. The "Bloop" was immediately recorded in the area. That meant the Predator Squid was the first Teuthida to have the gas-filled sac needed to prodoce such sound.
Later, the Bloop was also proven to be the squid's way of communicating to other squids rather than as a mate call. When one Predator squid called, every squid in its vicinity, Predator Squid or not, came. This was experimented with several times in a marine lab. Soon, scientists were able to recreate the sound using the first recorded "Bloop" in 1997. This proved useful as it was a way of making specimens come without having to travel all across the ocean.
One of the species was brave enough to approach the surface of the water. Pleasured with the sunlight, the squid stayed near the surface of the water for several years. The Roman Empire sent several training ships in the region as well, unaware of the giant celphaphod that lurked beneath the sea. When the squid saw the first ship, Conqueror, it immediately attacked the ship and sunk it.
Three more ships were sent into the region to search and rescue the Conqueror, which was presumed to be going in the wrong direction. However, instead of sighting the Conqueror, they found the squid, who added them to its death count. The squid was becoming stronger everyday.
However, late in the same season, the Navy sent two Roman commandos, Ryanus and Garindus, to solve the mystery of the situation. After weeks of search, they came to the resting spot of the squid. The squid attacked immediately, sure of itself in adding to its collection of shipwrecks. However, unlike the three ships before it, Ryanus and Garindus had advanced intelligence, strength, and agililty, so they cut off several of its tentacles. The squid, angry it could not capture its prey, smashed the bottom of the ship. Ryanus, before grabbing a floating piece of wood, stabbed the squid through the mouth and heart.
Between these two encounters, some sailors reported sightings of the squid, and also reported being attacked. It is unknown if these stories were true, judging by the storyteller's account of its behavior, which differed than that of the species.
Behind the scenes
- This was inspired by the real-life giant squid, although, in reality, they never grow to the immense size told in the article.