Viral video: Footage of giant squid swimming off Japan coast
The footage of the silvery, three-metre (10 feet) long cephalopod, looming out of the darkness nearly 1 km below the surface, will be aired on the Discovery Channel on 27 January, but ABC News had this sneak peek!
A Japanese-led team of scientists has captured on film the world’s first live images of a giant squid, journeying to the depths of the ocean in search of the mysterious creature thought to have inspired the myth of the “kraken”, a tentacled monster.
The images of the silvery, three-metre (10 feet) long cephalopod, looming out of the darkness nearly 1 km below the surface, were taken last July near the Ogasawara islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
The footage will be aired on the Discovery Channel on 27 January, but ABC News had this sneak peek!
Though the beast was small by giant squid standards – the largest ever caught stretched 18 metres long, tentacles and all – filming it secretly in its natural habitat was a key step towards understanding the animal, researchers said.
“Many people have tried to capture an image of a giant squid alive in its natural habitat, whether researchers or film crews. But they all failed,” said Tsunemi Kubodera, a zoologist at Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, who led the team.
With inputs from Reuters
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