See the First Image of a Giant Squid 2,000 Feet Underwater

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See the First Image of a Giant Squid 2,000 Feet Underwater

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The huge invertebrates have never before been seen in their natural habitat.

Giant squids live in water so deep that it took until the 19th century for the scientific community to even believe the massive animal existed. Legends of a kraken or sea monster attacking ships had percolated through our collective culture since time immemorial, and many zoologists thought the giant squid was just a story sailors told like mermaids and sirens. In the 19th century, corpses of dead squids that had washed up on shore were studied by the Danish scientist Japetus Steenstrup and he convinced the world of the existence of the species through a series of papers. It took until 2004 for a live giant squid to be captured and photographed in the Falklands Islands, although the 28.3 ft creature died the day. A few more sick or dying giant squids have been found in nets since then, but it wasn't until last year that video of a squid in its natural habitat deep under the sea was recorded by a joint venture between the Discovery Channel and the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Using a specially-designed submersible and a super sensitive HD camera, the team led by Tsunemi Kubodera followed giant squids on more than 100 missions underwater, racking up more than 400 hours of time below the sea. Kubodera's dedication was finally rewarded when they recorded footage of a relatively small specimen - estimated length about 3 meters or 10 feet long.

"It was shining and so beautiful," Kubodera said. "I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand.

"Researchers around the world have tried to film giant squid in their natural habitats, but all attempts were in vain before," he continued. "With this footage we hope to discover more about the life of the species."

The footage was captured 630 meters (2066.93 feet) below sea level but Kubodera said they had tracked this particular squid near Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean to a depth of 900 meters or 3000 feet. The squid also was missing its two longest tentacles - researchers had no theories as to why exactly, perhaps a fight with a sperm whale? - and Kubodera estimates if the tentacles were intact the squid would have been at least 8 meters long.

The video of the giant squid will be shown on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, Jan. 27 in an episode of Curiosity. I, for one, will be watching - or at least scanning the tubes for a clip - because these crazy monsters are amazing. Plus, I'll be able to scream "Release the Kraken!" before pressing play, and annoy all those who sit near me in the Escapist bunker.

Source: Discovery

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8 meters...so 26 feet? That's pretty big. Now all that's left to do is find bigfoot!

Freakin' wicked. The world is awesome, isn't it?

At one part I misread and for a moment seriously thought this was about huge underwater squirrels.

Let hope the camera did not catch its attention or we will see some giant squids on the beach!

That's a big squid. Glad to see that it has finally been caught on camera. Now go after Nessy scientists!

and just yesterday I was reading that they've never seen one in it's natural habitat, awesome.

Quaxar:
At one part I misread and for a moment seriously thought this was about huge underwater squirrels.

Must have swapped biomes with the Pacific Northwest tree octopus in an undoubtedly hilarious fish cephalopod-out-of-water comedy movie.

OT: this is neat and also somewhat unsettling. Enormous creatures deep in the ocean always give off that vaguely horrifying vibe.

Watch out japan, just because it's got tentacles doesn't make it a cuddle fish :P

2000 feet isn't fucking deep enough, get it further away!

3 meters isn't that big :C I want a squid the size of a whale.

Also, the picture is kind of pointless really, because when there's nothing to compare the size to, it just looks like a regular squid.

A partnership between the Discovery Channel and the Japanese.

To find Gaint Squid.

Yeah.

A Smooth Criminal:
3 meters isn't that big :C I want a squid the size of a whale.

Also, the picture is kind of pointless really, because when there's nothing to compare the size to, it just looks like a regular squid.

I want footage of a squid fighting a whale.

would totally payperview again 10/10

I used to love giant squids when I was younger. Now I'm just terrified of them. That picture is pretty cool though, and it's a great achievement.

Very cool!

Now gimmeh pictures of the leviathan!

Woooo! Honestly never thought I would live to see the day! It's....beautiful!

Taking bets from others that think the Japanese are doing this for the sole purpose of eating the things into extinction like they are trying to do the whales.

This is fake. It's clearly alien. And built the pyramids.

This is the fun stuff i love our world for :) still cool to wonder what took its tentecles off?

Sorry to be that guy, but I think you meant to say

Greg Tito:
-snip- It took until 2004 for a live giant squid to be captured and photographed in the Falklands Islands, although the 28.3 ft creature died the *same* day. -snip-

OT: This is SUPER cool, I can't wait to see it in action on my big screen.

I read this, and only one thing pops into my head...

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL.

What, did you think I was gonna do a Cthulu reference? Too easy.

Moral of the story - fishermen are always right.

Keep on the lookout for sirens and merfolk!

1. Way cool.
2. Why did it take so long?
3. At the end of the day, it is better late than never.
4. Now where is big foot?

I've always thought giant squids were cool.
The rarity of them also helps increase their awesomeness factor.

TheBelgianGuy:
This is fake. It's clearly alien. And built the pyramids.

Well done. The producers of Ancient Aliens would be proud. ;)

VanQQisH:
Taking bets from others that think the Japanese are doing this for the sole purpose of eating the things into extinction like they are trying to do the whales.

Given this is the first time, in a very long search, that we've seen one....I'm only putting a fiver into the pool. Even if they want to eat 'em, they'll be damned hard to find.

Makes you wonder what other giant monsters (*cough* Cthulhu *cough*) are hidden in the farthest depths of these oceans on Earth ;d Kinda creepy too, I suppose.

I've always been interested in seeing a living giant squid. If a creature that large could have gone for so long without being found, what other mysterious things could be lurking in the deep, dark depths? Of course, you couldn't get me to go deep-sea diving if you paid me an exorbitant amount of money, but still.

Me55enger:
A partnership between the Discoery Channel and the Japanese.

To find Gaint Squid.

Yeah.

You made me spit out my soda...

OT: This is really freaking cool. I'm somewhat afraid of deep sea monsters though, but I think I'll still look it up or catch the epsiode on TV at least.

Neronium:
That's a big squid.

That's what she said.

Thanks team marine biology for the money well spent finding this thing. Probably a nice edition to next year's science textbooks.

randomly screaming "Release the Kraken!" is one of my favorite things to do around friends :P most often out of context but there's a point to it maybe lol

2012 really was the end of the world and beggining of new, better one. North Korea has confirmed existence of unicorns and now we have krakens. World is turning into something AWESOME.

VanQQisH:
Taking bets from others that think the Japanese are doing this for the sole purpose of eating the things into extinction like they are trying to do the whales.

I'll take that bet. Don't try to tell me that a nation who's favorite food is sushi is just trying to locate massive squid out of scientific curiosity. That would be one hell of a coincidence. The Japanese populace is probably salivating already. :b

Vigormortis:
Even if they want to eat 'em, they'll be damned hard to find.

Don't you know? Being hard to find and kill just makes stuff that much more savory.

weirdguy:

A Smooth Criminal:
3 meters isn't that big :C I want a squid the size of a whale.

Also, the picture is kind of pointless really, because when there's nothing to compare the size to, it just looks like a regular squid.

I want footage of a squid fighting a whale.

would totally payperview again 10/10

I have seen an octopus fighting a shark (killing the shark easily) is that good enough?

OT: I love squid and octopus news, it's my favourite kind of animal and the reason I have always wanted to get into marine biology. This is very interesting and I hope we'll one day manage to figure out how big these things can get. According to some incomplete footage they have been believed to be more than 3 times bigger than this one, but that's merely speculation.

It's beautiful and terrifying to know there are creatures that large out there.

Hmm after reading this I can't seem to get Liam Neeson out of my head...

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