Investigate the Giant Squid: Mysterious Cephalopod of the Sea
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Once scientists have gathered information, they use it to investigate interesting questions and search for new ideas to explore.

The Giant Quest introduces four methods scientists use to investigate the giant squid. For additional interesting information, check out the Squid Library.

Now that you’ve explored, it’s time to take action! 

Your challenge is to use what you found out about giant squid and focus in on the question that interests you most. Then create a plan to investigate your question.

Think about:

  • What you’ve learned about giant squid
  • Which specific question you’re most curious about
  • How you can search for information in a creative way
  • What kind of new information you might uncover

Imagine you have access to all the equipment, top scientists, and other resources you need, but keep in mind the most successful plans might not be high-tech. Remember, a group of scientists were able to capture the very first images of a live giant squid in its environment using shrimp bait and a camera.

Required information is in bold type with an asterisk (*).

*Describe your plan.
*What did you learn about giant squid?
*What question will you investigate?
*What methods will you use to search for information?
*What do you hope to find out?
*Your First Name Only Your Last Initial Your Age

Print your giant squid plan!

Need a little inspiration?
Consider Greg Marshall, who came up with the idea to attach a small, lightweight camera to a sperm whale in hopes of spotting its prey, the giant squid. His “crittercam” has been used on many animals — like turtles, penguins, and wild lions — to capture sights and sounds from the animal’s perspective.