Mire Squid

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Legendary Pictures Monster
Kong battling the Mire Squid in Kong: Skull Island
Mire Squid
Alternate Names River Devil, Red Devil, River Monster, Giant Octopus, Giant Squid
Species Gigantus Leviapus[1]
Height ~88.583 feet[2]
Length 90-110 feet[1]
Enemies King Kong
Portrayed CGI
First Appearance Kong: Skull Island

The Mire Squid is a giant cephalopod kaiju that appears in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island.

Design

The Mire Squid has a rounded bulbous head that is similar in appearance to that of an octopus. It also possesses countless incredibly long and thin tentacles. The Mire Squid's entire body is red in color.

Origin

According to Monarch's superspecies profile of the Mire Squid, it is classified as a "megalopod" under the sub-division of "Architeuthis [the Giant Squid] Hybrid." The report states that the initial hypothesis was that the Mire Squid was a distant cousin of the Great Pacific Octopus with some notable evolutionary mutations. However, the Monarch report implies that it might be a result of geothermal gigantism that is seen in Skull Island's creatures, though the report also states that a more detailed geothermal study must be conducted to understand the environmental factors that lead to this gigantism.[1]

History

MonsterVerse

Kong: Skull Island

While drinking from a lake and cleaning his wounded hand, Kong realized that a Mire Squid was lurking near him. Kong punched the water, leading the beast's tentacles to erupt from the water and wrap around Kong. After briefly struggling with the Mire Squid's tentacles, Kong was able to stomp on its head and crush it. Kong tore off some of the Mire Squid's tentacles and ate them, then dragged the creature's carcass away.

Abilities

Tentacles

The Mire Squid's most prominent trait is its many tentacles, which it uses in an attempt to bind and strangle Kong.

Ink

The Mire Squid can expel superheated black ink that is stored within its mantal chambers. In this way, the Mire Squid can hide itself from predators while boiling them alive at the same time.[1]

Whirlpool

To hunt prey, the Mire Squid rotates its jaw like a centrifuge, forming a whirlpool in the surrounding water that allows the creature to swallow its prey.[2]

Gallery

Main article: Mire Squid/Gallery.

Trivia

  • Kong's battle with the Mire Squid was inspired by his battle with the Giant Octopus in King Kong vs. Godzilla.[3]
  • One of the Mire Squid's alternate names, the 'Red Devil', is likely to be a reference to a commonly-used nickname given to the real life Humboldt Squid, one of the largest species of cephalopods alive today.

References

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