Some examples of "hard" animal parts are bones, cartilage, and exoskeletons. What animal has the most mass while being completely "soft". I don't think it's the colossal squid, since it has a hard beak and cartilage in their mantle. My guess is the heaviest jellyfish.

  • $\begingroup$ What do you consider hard and what as soft? My [now deleted] answer received a downvote and below answer also struggles to find a definition of what 'hard parts' are. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 18, 2017 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD Why don't you post a new answer as per his definition? $\endgroup$ Oct 18, 2017 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ @TalhaIrfan because the question is ambiguous and below answer is not too bad. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 18, 2017 at 14:09

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Please forgive me for plagiarizing the open source wikipedia, here are some species of large soft bodied animals. I honestly don't think I could re-write this more clearly for any logical reason:


The lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) is the largest cnidaria species, of the class Scyphozoa. The largest known specimen of this giant, found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870, had a bell diameter of 2.5 m (8.2 ft), a weight of 150 kg (330 lb). The tentacles of this specimens were as long as 37 m (121 ft) and were projected to have a tentacular spread of about 75 m (246 ft) making it one of the longest extant animals enter image description here

The largest roundworm, Placentonema gigantissima,[174] is a parasite found in the placentas of sperm whales which can reach up to 9 m (30 ft) in length

The largest nemertean is the bootlace worm, Lineus longissimus. A specimen found washed ashore on a beach in St. Andrews, Scotland in 1864 was recorded at a length of 55 m (180 ft).[183]

There are a couple of animals that are of interest but they are not technically soft bodied:

The colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is projected to be the largest invertebrate. Current estimates put its maximum size at 12 to 14 m (39 to 46 ft) long and 750 kg (1,650 lb),[185] based on analysis of smaller specimens. In 2007, authorities in New Zealand announced the capture of the largest known colossal squid specimen. It was initially thought to be 10 m (33 ft) and 450 kg (990 lb). It was later measured at 4.2 m (14 ft) long and 495 kg (1,091 lb) in weight

The largest known species of sea sponge is the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta. These massively built sponges can reach 2.4 m (8 ft) in height, 80 kg and can be of about the same number of feet across at the thickest part of the "body". Some of these creatures have been estimated to be over 2,400 years of age.


  • $\begingroup$ I received critiques from another user and deleted my answer. Issue is the species should be devoid of any 'hard' parts - a sponge has a rigid calcareous skeleton and the squid was dismissed in the question too. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 18, 2017 at 13:18

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