By Josie  January 28th, 2023

The World's Deadliest Squid Bites Diver

On a mission to discover the world’s most deadly animals, this diver ventures into the depths of the ocean to study the Humboldt squid.

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He is equipped with a protective suit of chainmail, but can is still able to feel the force of the squid’s bite — a testament to the animal’s significant strength.

Eventually safety personnel has to intervene, and without his protective gear experts on the scene said he would’ve likely lost his hand.

The Humboldt squid is feared for its aggressiveness and strength.

Why Is the Humboldt Squid One of the Deadliest Animals in the World?

While they can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh over 100 pounds, their size is just the beginning.

They possess powerful beaks capable of breaking through hard shells and, as shown, almost a chainmail suit as well.

Scientists estimate that they have a bite force of up to 1,000 pounds. This is almost equivalent to that of a hyena – a predator specifically known for its bite force.

The Humboldt squid’s nickname, “the red devil,” comes from its dramatic color-changing ability.

The Red Devil

This cephalopod can swiftly alter its skin color and pattern through specialized cells called chromatophores, a feature that serves both as a means of communication and a defensive mechanism.

The vivid red flashes act as a warning or display of aggression, making the squid appear more intimidating to predators and rivals.

Humboldt squids, often termed the ‘red devil’ by local fishermen, have a notorious reputation for aggression towards humans, fueled by harrowing tales and documented encounters.

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