Cornish belief of a huge squid-like creature still lingers in the district around Godrevy and Portreath. Here, where the seabed shelves steeply, is where the monster’s lair is supposed to be hidden.
The largest squid recently to be netted off the UK coast was a 3.15 metre long (10.3 feet) creature. Caught by an Aberdeen based trawler, it is now kept on display at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Devon.
Squid are a crucial part of the Antarctic food chain, with about 34 million tonnes eaten each year. The species usually called the Giant Squid is Architeuthis and can grow up to 18 metres long (60 feet).