First Ever Giant Squid Filmed!
For the first time ever scientists have seen and videotaped a giant squid in its habitat.
These creatures are so large and so elusive they’ve inspired myths.
Japanese scientists who saw the squid firsthand described it as having a beautiful sheen saying they, “couldn’t have dreamt it was so beautiful. It was such a wonderful creature.”
It also reportedly had eyes the size of dinner plates and measured ten feet long!
(Ceilings in most homes are about 8-feet tall and the average car is 14-feet long — so this squid was somewhere in between. And it’s one of the smaller ones known to exist!)
How did scientists find the giant squid?
Patience. Lots of it.
They knew their best bet would be the Pacific Ocean, south of Japan.
Then it took them 55 submarine dives. The determined crew was crammed into a little 3-man sub. And they sat in total darkness for a total of nearly 300 hours.
Sometimes they were as deep as 3,000 feet (900 meters or 1/2 mile).
And they waited. With no guarantees.
“If you try and approach making a load of noise using a bright white light, the squid doesn’t come anywhere near you … so we sat there in the pitch black … waiting for the giant squid approach,” scientist Tsunemi Kubodera said.
They used special infrared cameras with lights that neither humans nor the squid could see, biolumiscent bait, and secret squid attractants, according to the Discovery Channel, who was part of the team that also included the Japanese National Museum of Nature and Science, and Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Their perserverance and ingenuity paid off for science … and for us. We’ll be able to see the magnificent giant squid on the Discovery Channel‘s show Curiosity on January 27th. Can’t wait!