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Giant Squid

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
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     challenging words:    mantle, siphon, researchers, imagine, kingdom, film, colossal, title, study, diameter, longer, itself, invertebrate, continue, which, either


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Giant Squid
By Sheri Skelton
  

1     Can you imagine having eyes as big as basketballs? The giant squid has eyes that big. Each of its eyes measures about 12 inches in diameter. Giant squid have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom. The only other animal with eyes that big is the colossal squid. Giant squid need big eyes. The big eyes help the squid to find food deep in the ocean where it is very dark.
 
2     The giant squid rivals the colossal squid for the title of the biggest invertebrate on Earth. The largest one ever found was almost 60 feet long and weighed almost one ton. The giant squid has a body called a mantle. The giant squid has small fins at the end of its mantle. The giant squid uses the fins to maneuver itself through the water. The giant squid propels itself through the water by pushing water out of its mantle through a siphon. The giant squid breathes through pairs of gills inside the mantle. The giant squid has eight arms and two longer tentacles. The giant squid uses the tentacles to bring food to its mouth.

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