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Giant Squid Filmed for First Time Off Coast of Japan: Screencap


Squid Week is at the end of this month on the Discovery Channel:

"When Discovery does natural history it sets the bar high, and this ground breaking project features the very first ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. Our crew came face-to-face with the giant squid, and it's the ideal season finale for our CURIOSITY series that stirs the imagination of our audience, bravely asking questions and fearlessly seeking answers. This latest production, four years in the making, is a world-first achievement for television, and I'm excited to share it," said Eileen O'Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks.

Discovery and NHK captured groundbreaking imagery below the Pacific waters during a mission that included over more than 285 hours in the abyss, 55 sub dives, some at depths greater than 3,000 feet, and a crew of scientists...

AFP adds:

Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera said they followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 metres as it swam into the ocean abyss. NHK showed footage of the silver-coloured creature, which had huge black eyes, as it swam against the current, holding a bait squid in its arms.

For Kubodera it was the culmination of a lengthy quest for the beast.

"It was shining and so beautiful," Kubodera told AFP. "I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data."

Kubodera said the creature had its two longest arms missing, and estimated it would have been eight metres long if it had been whole. He gave no explanation for its missing arms.

One more screenshot, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. ...said Eileen O'Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks.

    Maybe TLC plans on having Honey Boo Boo eat this thing in her new season.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Jan 7, 2013 9:34:27 PM

  2. a castoff who has no business still being in the nfl
    Richardson is also a three-down back! However, the Cleveland Browns may not give the Bucs an opportunity to even consider Richardson. , One such receiver is Manningham! a guy capable of burning defensive backs and making game-changing grabs out of the slot and out wide, Jacobs, for his part, is a short-yardage and goal-line back capable of grinding out the tough yards, He's just another weapon in an extremely stacked group of running backs.

    Posted by: evanboyan | Jan 7, 2013 9:49:00 PM

  3. Let me know when they have the interview with Captain Nemo.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Jan 7, 2013 10:13:41 PM

  4. You people are too cynical. This is awesome.

    Posted by: tim b | Jan 7, 2013 11:41:09 PM

  5. They celebrated this find with a really great calamari feast.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 8, 2013 12:45:46 AM

  6. Great stuff except for these comments.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 8, 2013 1:44:34 AM

  7. @ Dan MC:

    I choked and coffee came out my nose. Hilarious!
    Thanks for the morning asphyxiation!

    Posted by: Autarchic | Jan 8, 2013 7:30:05 AM

  8. It IS awesome, it just feels like the 5th 1st time.

    Posted by: John | Jan 8, 2013 9:57:01 AM

  9. Gawd, I despise calamari. Like chewing on a rubber tire. To each his own.

    I don't think these deep sea giant squids are all that uncommon.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 8, 2013 2:05:26 PM

  10. @DAN MC: Better yet, maybe this thing can eat Honey Boo Boo in her new season.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 8, 2013 4:42:50 PM

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