Mire Squid

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Mire Squid
Kong battling the Mire Squid in Kong: Skull Island
Alternate names River Devil, Red Devil, River Monster, Giant Octopus, Giant Squid
Species Giant cephalopod (Gigantus Leviapus)[1]
Length 90-110 feet[1] / 27+ meters[2]
Enemies King Kong
First appearance Kong: Skull Island

The Mire Squid (リバー・デビル,   Ribā Debiru, lit. River Devil) is a giant cephalopod monster that appears in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island.

Name[edit | edit source]

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. The Mire Squid's scientific name, Gigantus Leviapus, comes from the English word “gigantic” and a combination of the English words "leviathan" and "octopus."

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Mire Squids are omnivores.[1] They hunt from beneath the surface waiting for unsuspecting prey, attacking even those as large as Kong. The specimen who attacked Kong released ink as a last resort, to no avail.

Origin[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

MonsterVerse[edit | edit source]

Kong: Skull Island[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Tentacles[edit | edit source]

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

Ink[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mire Squid/Gallery.

Books[edit | edit source]

Kong and Me[edit | edit source]

As Jia watched the sunset from atop Kong's head, a Mire Squid poked its tentacles out of the sea.

Comics[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Mire Squid. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 KSI MYTHOLOGY MIRE SQUID V2.jpg
  2. About The Movie - Monster. warnerbros.co.jp/kingkong/. Retrieved on 28 March 2021.
  3. CSM Films (28 February 2017). TohoKingdom.com EXCLUSIVE interview with Kong: Skull Island Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Vimeo.


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