Research: Giant Squid

Giant Squid

There have been only fifteen recorded strandings and nine captures of Architeuthis around the coast of Britain and Ireland (Table 1, Figure 1), the most recent of which was a female squid caught off the west coast of Scotland in January 2002. Previously an immature female was stranded on a beach at Newburgh, 15 miles north of Aberdeen in January of 1998. It is noticeable from the data that most of the strandings and captures around Scotland have occurred during the winter months.

Number Date Area ML (mm) Sex Type

1

1673

Dingle, Ireland

 

 

Stranded

2

1860

Hillswick, Shetland

 

 

Stranded

3

25/4/1875

Boffin Island

 

 

Caught

4

Oct 1880

County Clare

 

 

Stranded

5

1913

Bellmullet, Ireland

 

 

Sperm Whale

6

2/11/1917

Skateraw, Berwick

 

 

Stranded

7

1918

Kilkeel, Ireland

 

 

Stranded

8

Feb 1920

North Uist, Hebrides

 

 

Stranded

9

1921

Wick, Moray Firth

 

 

Stranded

10

24/01/1930

East Lothian

1422

 

Stranded

11

14/01/1933

Scarborough

1664

 

Stranded

12

37/31/1937

Bell Rock, off Abroath

 

 

Caught

13

02/10/1949

Shetland

1200

 

Stranded

14

30/11/1949

Nigg Bay, Aberdeen

1170

Female

Stranded

15

14/12/1951

Easthaven, Angus

1459

 

Stranded

16

01/02/1957

Rattaray Head

940

 

Trawl

17

19/11/1977

North Berwick

1610

Female

Stranded

18

08/01/1984

Cove Bay, Aberdeen

1750

Female

Stranded

19

29/01/1986

Scottish Coast

1450

 

Trawl

20

05/03/1987

Off Shetland

1110

 

Trawl

21

26/04/1995

W of Aran Isles

1028

Male

Trawl

22

24/06/1995

Porcupine Bank

975

Male

Trawl

23

25/06/1995

SW Aran Isles

1084

Male

Trawl

24

18/01/1998

Newburgh, Aberdeen

1220

Female

Stranded

25

10/01/2002

West of Hebrides

 

Female

Trawl


Giant squid records from around Britain. Numbers refer to the table above

This data forms part of a paper published in the Journal of Molluscan Studies.

Martin A. Collins (1998). A female giant squid (Architeuthis) stranded on the Aberdeenshire coast. J. Moll. Stud., 64, 489-492. Copyright Oxford University Press.