Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Giant Squid videoed

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(Newser)– Discovery is about to release the Kraken: Until now, the giant squid had never been caught on video in its natural habitat. But Japan's National Science Museum has managed to capture the footage. Discovery Channel will air the footage in the special “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real,” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10PM EST as the season finale of the Curiosity series.

The giant squid is believed to have inspired centuries of legends among sailors. The squid in question is about 10 feet long—though scientists say it would have been 26 feet long had it not been missing two arms—and was taped some 2,000 feet underwater in the north Pacific. It took experts some 400 hours squeezed into a submersible to get the footage, AFP reports. "It was shining and so beautiful," says a researcher of the silvery, black-eyed squid. "I was so thrilled when I saw it firsthand".