First Video of Giant Squid in Natural Habitat
The incredibly elusive giant squid has finally been captured on video.
Tsunemi Kubodera, a Japanese Museum of Nature and Science Zoologist led the expedition near Chichi Island. He descended over 600 meters in the human piloted sub with cameras and a camera man to film. Using a one-meter squid as bait, the team had to use near infra-red light, which was invisible to both human and cephalopod eyes. They ended up descending to almost one kilometer when they were done filming.
“I’ve seen a lot of giant squid specimens in my time, but mainly those hauled out of the ocean. This was the first time for me to see with my own eyes a giant squid swimming, it was stunning, I couldn’t have dreamt that it would be so beautiful. It was such a wonderful creature.”
When Kubodera was asked about his impression of the beast he responded, “A giant squid essentially lives a solitary existence, swimming about all alone in the deep sea. It doesn’t live in a group, so when I saw it, well, it looked to me like it was rather lonely.”
Set to air Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10/9c, Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, is the season finale of Curiosity. The Japanese Museum of Nature and Science, The Japanese Broadcasting Company, and Discovery Channel worked together for over 400 hours in search of the squid.