Skip to comments.Deep-sea giant squid captured on video for first time
Posted on 01/09/2013 4:03:31 AM PST by Renfield
A team led by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) has shot the first videos of the elusive giant squid, the largest invertebrate on the planet, in its natural environment.
Dubbed the monsters of the sea, giant squid can grow up to 18 meters (60 feet) in length. Little is known of the massive creature's ecology as they live in the deepest depths of the ocean.
Although photos of giant squid have been taken deep underwater, this was the first time that videos have caught one in action in its normal habitat, NHK said.
The public broadcaster said the first videos were shot in July last year at a depth of 630 meters in waters east of Chichijima island, part of the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo. The endeavor was a joint international project carried out by NHK and other broadcasting companies.
The giant squid captured in the videos measured about 3 meters long, but its two longest tentacles were missing. It was estimated to be 7 to 8 meters long if it had had both of them.
NHK said it sent a manned submersible into the deep 100 times and captured the squid on video on several dives by using an ultrasensitive camera capable of recording high-definition movies. The camera was developed specifically to take videos in deep water.
The giant squid was so beautiful that it seemed to sparkle, said Tsunemi Kubodera, an expert on cephalopods at the National Museum of Nature and Science, who was aboard the submersible.
The videos will be broadcast on the evening of Jan. 13 in the NHK Special program.
Great. Now I’m hungry. What time does Red Lobster open?
At Red Lobster, you eat squid. In japanese kaiju movie, squid eats Gamera.
Mmmm. Cheddar Bay Biscuits....
mmmm...Calama(ri), linguini, Fra Diovolo!
YUM I miss being able to eat it.(ah food allergies)
Cool....but another Japanese gent(or perhaps it was the same guy at a different time?) got videos of one about 3 years ago. it was on one of the science channels...although the clarity of this one is superior
Where is the picture of the bowl of tomato sauce? That is necessary if we are going to talk about squids.
was in a NY Clam bar once on Long Island...the tables were set up along a roped off runway, the runway was for people waiting to get a table. I was eating calamari linguine fra diavolo. the squid was fried, cut in big loops and was on top of the pasta. a very whitebread patrician fellow on line looked into my bowl and inquired “ is that some type of tubular past” to whit I answered...” Naw...its squid” “Oh!” as he turned green and looked like he was going to have to choke back a gag reflex. to each his own....pass the hot sauce.
I know a Korean restaurant that makes a great squid bok-eum. Maybe I should go there for dinner tonight.
Woohoo! Where can I get an oil drum of marinara sauce?