Giant and Colossal Squid Strandings and Recovery

Wikipedia resource for historical strandings

When set out to create a comprehensive list of all giant and colossal squid specimen discoveries throughout history, member Archi sent me the following email:
I feel that this would be a good source of information for the new Squidbase, I only accidentally came across them:
If you scroll down, there are almost complete lists, some apparently from as early as 1545 for Architeuthis and 1925 for Mesonychoteuthis Hamiltoni
I hope this information is credible!

Thank you Archi! I've put this article up to allow visitors know that to us, these Wiki pages are the definitive list of giant and colossal squid observed throughout history. I hope to work with the authors of this page to provide addition detail for individual accounts (we've been cited a few times as it is).

2019 update: Wikipedia now breaks down their Squid Stranding info into 3 eras:

To discuss any of these events, is the right place:

Architeuthidae Forum -- for Giant Squid discussions

Cranchiidae Forum -- for Colossal Squid discussions


-- Tony Morelli (tonmo), Founder and Webmaster,
Original publish date
Mar 15, 2005
About the Author
Tony converted into an octopus and cephalopod interest site in May 2000. (Find out more about how TONMO started by reading this blog entry.) He began his career in the online services industry in 1992, working for companies such as Prodigy,, Reuters and Comcast. Tony and his wife Tania are the owners of Deep Intuition, LLC, which is an entity they created to support their entrepreneurial hobbies and pursuits. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and lives in Pennsylvania.


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