First Stills of the Giant Squid


As I mentioned before, Discovery Channel announced the capture of a live Architeuthis dux, aka the Giant Squid, on video.  In the last couple of days, the first stills from the video were released.  Above and below I have them both at the largest resolution I can find.

Image: Still image taken from video shows a giant squid near Ogasawara islands

I made a few predictions in the previous post.  #1 Tsuemeni Kubodera would be involved

From Gizmodo:

Tsunemi Kubodera, the mission leader:

“It was shining and so beautiful. 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. Researchers around the world have tried to film giant squid in their natural habitats, but all attempts were in vain before.”

The giant squid was found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean by a team of three Japanese scientists crammed inside a research submarine for 400 hours and 100 missions. The team located the monster 9.3 miles (15 kilometres) east of Chichi Island, a small archipelago about 150 miles (241.4 kilometers) north of Iwo Jima.

Which brings me to my prediction #2 the video was taken off the Ogasawara Islands where other encounters occurred.  Indeed, Chichi Island is part of the Ogasawara group.

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9 Replies to “First Stills of the Giant Squid”

  1. Is it eating something or are those fluke structures on the tentacles normal?

  2. Bet they killed it – looked dead at the end. And ate it, which isn’t a bad use for a dead squid.

    1. I doubt a giant squid would taste very good due to high levels of ammonium in its body which help its buoyancy.

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