Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Giant Squid filmed in Pacific depths - possibly 8 metres in length

Wow, this squid is enormous! At the size of 8 metres it can wallop you or me anytime. You see, we know very little about our planet.

Giant squid
Video image taken from footage by NHK and Discovery Channel in July, 2012 and released on January 7, 2013 shows a giant squid, up to eight meters long, holding a bait squid in its arms.

Giant Squid Filmed by Japan Scientists

Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever.

Japan's National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature at a depth of more than half a kilometer after teaming up with Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the US Discovery Channel.

The submarine with 3 people on board, including Tsunemi Kubodera from the museum, followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 meters as it swam into the ocean abyss.

NHK showed footage of the silver-colored creature, which had huge black eyes, as it swam against the current, holding a bait squid in its arms.

Giant squid
Human size compared to the giant squid.

They descend to the dark and cold depths of the northern Pacific Ocean and, at around 630 metres (2,066 feet) they spotted the squid.


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