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April 1, 2000 – May 6, 2005 (new closing date)
Museum: Natural History Museum
Location: 2nd Floor, North Hall (between elevator and stairs)
Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate. In addition, photographs, maps, videos, and illustrations help explain the mystery and complexity of these invertebrates.
5-min. video runs continuously
See related article in May 1996 Smithsonian magazine, p. 126