For centuries there were tales of a legendary monster of the deep with giant eyes and several arms that could pull a ship to the bottom. The animal is perhaps best known by its Nordic name, the Kraken. In the modern era, it is called the giant squid.
A team of researchers logged 400 hundreds hours across 100 separate missions to finally film a live giant squid. The team used a small submersible to track the elusive animal near Chichi Island in the North Pacific.
The giant squid was recorded at a depth of 2,066 feet and is estimated to be over 18 feet long, according toMuseum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera. The film shows a silver-colored squid grasping a bait squid in its tentacles.
“It was shining and so beautiful,” Mr Kubodera told AFP. “I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data.”
Giant squid live in the depths of the ocean and are only spotted in the rare times when they approach the surface. Occasionally their remains wash ashore on the world’s beaches.
Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size: recent estimates put the maximum size at 43 ft for females and 33 ft for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles. Claims of specimens measuring 66 ft or more have not been scientifically documented, according to Wikipedia.
On 30 September 2004, researchers from the National Science Museum of Japan and the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association took the first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. Several of the 556 photographs were released a year later. The same team successfully filmed a live adult giant squid for the first time on 4 December 2006.
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