Giant Squid Linkfest

To get you prepped for the large unleashing of Discovery Channel’s Looking for the Giant Squid this Sunday below is all the required reading.

First the background on the video

The giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat for the first time ever.  This long-sought after footage — considered by many to be the Holy Grail of natural history filmmaking — will be revealed by Discovery Channel and NHK in January 2013…This massive predator has always been shrouded in secrecy, and every attempt to capture a live giant squid on camera in its natural habitat has failed. Until now. Mankind finally confronts the greatest mystery of the deep as the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat is revealed in Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, which premieres on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10/9c as the season finale of Curiosity. NHK will air their special on the first-ever footage of the giant squid in early January 2013.

Also read over my post to understand this video in the context of other recent encounters with giant squid.

Want to see a hint of what Discovery Channel might reveal?

Here’s my post (Giant Squid=Awesomesauce) that will give you everything you want to know about giant squids.

And of course not only is Discovery continuing on with the Monster terminology but so are othersRead here on why this pisses me off.

Arikia Millikin provides some background on this amazing event (and of course I would shamelessly plug it as I’m mentioned relatively early on).  Best quote is Steve O’Shea stating “we all have to be a little bit crazy to do this”

Every wonder why of all the ocean’s creatures we picked the giant squid to grace our banner and brand the DSN media empire?  In this post, I detail out why giant squids should be a emblem for marine conservation. “What is the emblematic species of the ocean that will serve to energize and unite us?”

Brian Switek provides some perspective on the balance between the actual giant squid and the images invoked when culturally reference them

How do you get a giant squid?  With a big lighted lure apparently.  Here is old video from National Geographic about using bioluminescence to attract a giant squid.

And finally what about some photographs of a sperm whale eating a giant squid?

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

10 comments on “Giant Squid Linkfest
  1. What perfect timing, I was just reading a 1968 book titled, In the wake of the sea serpents, which discusses these creatures in detail. Awesome! Mike SATWATCH.ORG

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