Giant Squid vs. Colossal Squid: What’s the Difference?

Read on to learn more about giant squids and colossal squids.

Learn a lot about them, including their physical differences, habitat preferences, and where in the world you might find one in the wild, whether you are interested in that or not!


While giant squids are technically longer in length than colossal squids, colossal squids weigh more given the size of their mantle and body.

Location Found

Giant squids are often found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, while colossal squids are only found around Antarctica.


Giant squids are found around the world while colossal squids are only found in southern seas, but even giant squids are rarely found in extreme temperature waters.


Giant squids often measure anywhere from 40 to 50 feet in length from the top of their heads to the end of their tentacles, while colossal squids measure an average of 30 to 40 feet in length.