The giant squid, finally caught on film

January 15, 2013

Sadly, this news is a few days old, but there's no rule that our Lunch Break posts have to be timely. For the first time ever, researchers have shot video of a live giant squid:

The full video will appear on Jan. 27 on a Discovery Channel show, “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real,” the season finale of "Curiosity."

In the meantime, check out this amazing 2005 piece by David Grann in the New Yorker on one man's obsessive quest to find a live giant squid. A sample:

The creature seemed to be wrapping itself around the boat, which rocked violently. The floorboards creaked, and the rudder started to bend. Then, just as the stern seemed ready to snap, everything went still. “As it unhooked itself from the boat, I could see its tentacles,” Ragot recalled. “The whole animal must have been nearly thirty feet long.”

The creature had glistening skin and long arms with suckers, which left impressions on the hull. “It was enormous,” Kersauson recalled. “I’ve been sailing for forty years and I’ve always had an answer for everything—for hurricanes and icebergs. But I didn’t have an answer for this. It was terrifying.”

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