Scientists in Japan revealed today that they managed to capture the first film footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat last July. The Japanese National Science Museum worked with national broadcaster NHK and the U.S.’s Discovery Channel to record the squid measuring up to eight meters (26 feet) long as it roamed the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
Using a submersible with three people on board, including Tsunemi Kubodera of the Japanese museum, the team found the creature to the east of Chichi Island in the north Pacific Ocean at a depth of 630 meters (2,067 feet). While recording footage of the giant squid, with its silver coloring and huge black eyes, they followed it to a depth of 900 meters (2,953 feet). Kubodera says the mollusc was visibly about three meters long, but would have been about eight meters if two long, primary arms had not been cut off, however, he gave no explanation as to why the arms were missing.
As a squid specialist, Kubodera is also responsible for filming the first live footage of a giant squid in 2006, but only once it had been brought to the surface by a hook. He says this is the first time one has been captured while in its natural habitat – the darkest depths of the ocean. Known to scientists as “Architeuthis,” the giant squid is often regarded as one of the sea’ last great mysteries, as it comes from the parts most hostile to humans, and has thus been little explored.
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