Of course it’s named “Archie”....

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Giant squid goes on display [excerpt]

A monstrous giant squid, Architeuthis dux , goes on display at the Natural History Museum this week.

horrible slimy giant squid

The 8.62-metre squid, called Archie, was caught off the coast of the Falkland Islands in March 2004. Visitors to the tank room of the Museum's Darwin Centre can view it as part of the behind-the-scenes Explore tours.

Scientists know very little about these creatures and much of what we do know comes from the remains of dead or dying specimens, many retrieved from the stomachs of sperm whales.

Archie is not the largest specimen ever caught, that record belongs to an 18.5-metre specimen caught in Island Bay, New Zealand in 1880.

Archie was caught live and is almost complete making it a very important specimen for research. Initial investigations suggest that Archie is female although this will be confirmed by future study.

The giant squid is the second largest living invertebrate, the first being the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni , the colossal squid...

Read all the horror at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2006/feb/news_5255.html