Giant Squid caught on film

Discovery Channel releases never-seen-before footage of eight-metre sea creature


The giant squid, once only the stuff of sea legends, has been caught on film deep within the Pacific Ocean for the first time ever.

The squid, which is up to eight meters long, was filmed by a team of Japanese scientists and the Japanese public broadcaster, which was working with the U.S. Discovery Channel. The footage was captured about 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Japan, in the Pacific Ocean. It will air on the Discovery program Curiosity on Jan. 27 in an episode called: “Monster Squid: The Giant is Real.”

Though Discovery Channel made the announcement that it had secured the footage in December, actual footage was released to news outlets this week, including these images:

AP Photo/NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel

AP Photo/ NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel

And this video, included in a clip from ABC News:

The footage came only after the crew had done about 100 missions, totalling 400 hours, in a cramped submarine.

Giant squids live alone and Japanese scientist Tsunemi Kubodera says, in a clip posted at The Guardian, that the squid caught on film looked “like it was rather lonely” when he saw it.

Kubodera was part of a team that captured a female giant squid in 2006. That squid was seven metres long and died after it was captured.

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Giant Squid caught on film

  1. looks delicious

  2. …14 news cycles ago an average-sized squid was swimming off the coast of Japan and then suddenly the water started shaking…

  3. crappy footage. it doesn’t really show how big it really is. You need a person swimming beside it to really tell how big it is. For all we know it can be a 6 inch baby squid.

    • Cmon anyone can see that things at least a foot.

  4. Okay, “I am the smrt,” you can go swim beside it, for science. But then how would we know how big you are? Anyway, anyone else see the URL and LOL (Internet slang)?

  5. I once caught one on a hook? But film? Never!

  6. stunningly beautiful and precious

  7. Fake definetly

  8. Of course it died when they brought out to the surface, it is meant to live miles and miles under the sea! I bet the Japanese are looking for a source of food. They eat everything.

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