The Life of Architeuthis-Birth and Reproduction

Giant squid specimen preserved in a block of ice at the Melbourne Aquarium


The giant squid is an amazing creature whose life cycle is very complex. Little is know about its exact life cycle.
Two breeding grounds that have been identified for the giant squid, areas just off of Hokitika Canyon and Banks Peninsula. It would seem giant squid migrate there to breed.
It is thought that members of Architeuthis reach sexually maturity at about three years of age. the average male giant squid will be smaller than its mate, as most invertebrates are. Females produce large amounts of eggs, sometimes up to five kilograms of eggs at one time. Once laid, these eggs are protected by a gelatinous layer. This layer also keeps the many eggs together.

Egg case of a non-giant squid


 
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