Distribution and habitat

Global distribution

The exact distribution of giant squid is unknown but specimens have been found in all of the world's oceans.

Concentrations can be found in the:

  • North Atlantic Ocean - especially Newfoundland, Norway, the northern British Isles and the oceanic islands of the Azores and Madeira
  • South Atlantic in southern African waters
  • North Pacific around Japan
  • South-western Pacific around New Zealand and Australia
  • Southern Ocean (circumglobal)

Specimens are rare from tropical and high polar latitudes.

Vertical distribution

Their vertical distribution is also unknown but their occurrence in the zone of 200 to over 1200 metres is not unrealistic.