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This article focuses on the sea species.
For the humanoid species, see giants.
For the similar sea creatures, see krakens.
And yet, it wasn't the quill itself, but the ink that captured the Dark One – harvested from the rarest species of squid, from the bottom of a bottomless ocean.
Mr. Gold to Henry Mills src

Giant Squids are a species featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They are native to the Enchanted Forest and Neverland, and first appear in the fourth episode of the third season.

Giant squids are based on the creature of the same name from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


As their name indicates, giant squids are huge sea creatures. According to Mr. Gold, they are the rarest species of squid. They can be called using conch shells. ("Into the Deep", "Nasty Habits")

Giant squids are able to produce an ink which can temporarily paralyze any magical being. ("Into the Deep", "Birth")


After First Curse

While in Neverland trying to rescue Henry from Peter Pan, Neal summons a giant squid by sounding a conch shell. When the squid surfaces from a lake, he kills it with a spear, before allowing Mr. Gold to extract ink from the creature's corpse, which they'll use to paralyze Pan. ("Nasty Habits")


Production Notes

Props Notes

  • A prop page from Kelly's prison book from "Leaving Storybrooke", auctioned off online on eBay in November 2019, reveals that the unhappy ending that Wish Rumplestiltskin had in mind for Kelly, included a dramatic encounter with a giant squid. The segment with the sea monster reads: "Suddenly the Nautilus shuddered, as if hit with ten thousand pounds of force. The screws popped from the walls and water sprouted in, spraying Zelena in the face. "I'm under attack," she thought, terrified. Zelena ran to the portal to see what hit her. And then she saw it..."Giant bloody squid," Zelena sighed. As if this under the sea entrapment couldn't get any worse..."[1]


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  1. ONCE UPON A TIME TV Zelena Storybook Pages Prop (1330). eBay (October 2019). Archived from the original on October 28, 2019. (Photograph)

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