The new study dispels a few myths about these jumbo swimmers. Craig McClain, an author of the paper and a biologist at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, N.C., noted in a statement that reports of 60-foot-long squid have been greatly exaggerated. Those measurements stemmed from decomposing squids who had washed ashore in the 19th century, he said, whose muscle fibers had elongated under the sun. Squids actually max out at about 40 feet, which, you know, is still the length of a bus.
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