Squid Vs. Whale

Conflict

Throughout our planet’s storied history, many species have found themselves in conflict with one another. Encounters like Lion Vs. Antelope and Spider Vs. Wasp are only a couple of examples of what happens when animals get hungry, angry, or both.

Showdown

In my personal opinion, Squid Vs. Whale has to be the most epic battle of all time, without a doubt. In a time where the seas were still uncharted, and fraught with peril, sailors often returned to shore with stories of animals with sea-monster like qualities. Some of these tales may have been inspired by witnesses of the heroic battle between the Colossal Squid and the Sperm Whale.

Moby Dick

Herman Melville’s literary classic, “Moby Dick” is considered the quintessential story of sailor seeking cetaceans, and of course, the giant squid makes an appearance in Chapter 59:

A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to catch at any hapless object within reach. No perceptible face or front did it have; no conceivable token of either sensation or instinct; but undulated there on the billows, an unearthly, formless, chance-like apparition of life.

Modern Era

In recent years, the idea of these two behemoths doing regular battle has been revised somewhat to more of a predator-prey relationship. Unfortunately for the Giant Squid, it has no bones and can do very little to escape the gaping maw of the Sperm Whale, which can dive to incredible depths to hunt its favorite meal. Nevertheless, Sperm Whale bodies have washed ashore with huge sucker marks on them, and scars from the claws that some species of squid have on their tentacles, indicating that the Squid does not allow itself to be made into a meal without some struggle.