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They’re the stuff of myth and B-grade horror movies, giant tentacled sea monsters roaming the deep in search of prey.

Giant squid have turned up on East Coast shores for hundreds of years, and now new research is shining some light on the B.C. sea monsters.

An international team headed by Danish researchers tested DNA samples from 43 giant squid from around the world _ including a specimen from Newfoundland _ and were stunned to find that there is likely just a single species of the massive cephalopod.

We wanted to find answers. We ended up making more questions

The genetic diversity among the samples was lower than almost any species ever reported, said Tom Gilbert, a researcher from the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen.

“That lack of diversity and no population structure is…

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