Their incredible hunger is surely part of what has led to a reputation of aggression and danger surrounding the Humboldt Squid. Of course, the attacks and injuries don't help either. But they are also known as Diablo Rojo, Red Devil. Surely that's a bit much? Or is it...
This is where those tentacles come in. They swim around on the hunt, with their tentacles and arms held together in a smooth, cone shape. They have large eyes and keen eyesight to spot fish, crustaceans and other cephalopods in the dark. Once something is spotted, they rush in. The 8 shorter arms spread out while the two long tentacles fly out at speed to grab prey. All along the arms and at the tip of the tentacles are suckers lined with tiny claws that can cut and lacerate by themselves, but it gets much worse once something is caught. It will then be taken to the squid's mouth, which is a tough beak rather like that of a parrot. Beyond that is the radula, something like a tongue, but covered in yet more tiny teeth. Together, these rip and tear animals into easily swallowed squid food.
Incidentally, Humboldt squid food can include Humboldt squid. They move around in shoals that can reach over 1,000 individuals. Any squid that is weak or vulnerable may find himself at the receiving end of the business end of a hungry, hungry Humboldt. On the other hand, they can also work together to capture prey. Humboldts have been seen shepherding shoals of fish and krill, cooperating on the hunt. This is the first observation of such behaviour in invertebrates.
Maybe I should mention that they are indeed red, although they can also turn white. Some even believe that this is part of some kind of complicated communication system. It's well known that octopus are remarkably intelligent, but putting a 6 foot squid into an aquarium to see if it can get through a maze is probably too much to ask.
So, we have a great, big squid with impressive power, a voracious appetite and some level of intelligence. Make that a swarm of hundreds of them. The easiest time to see them would be when they are in the shallower depths, and they go their to eat. So we actually have 1,000 massive squid on a FEEDING FRENZY! Better you than me! Better some kind of robot than any of us.
This definitely seems like a creature capable of killing a human, especially if we're