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Live giant squid filmed off coast of Japan


Posted on Sunday, 27 December, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments

The giant squid is only very rarely seen alive. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dan Century
An underwater camera has picked up rare footage of a large squid in the waters of Japan's Toyama Bay.
An enigma of the ocean's depths, the giant squid is so elusive that the first photograph of a live specimen wasn't obtained until 2002 when one turned up off Goshiki beach in Japan.

Even today trying to view one up close - especially a live one - has proven to be extremely challenging and we still know next to nothing about how they behave in the wild.

Last week however a rare opportunity presented itself when an underwater camera in Japan managed to pick up rare footage of a four-meter giant squid swimming near boat moorings.

The impressive video has since appeared online and can be viewed in the news report below.


Source: Vice.com | Comments (15)

Tags: Giant Squid, Japan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 27 December, 2015, 17:34
Funny it stayed there with the divers. Normally it would have sprayed ink n blasted off. It must have felt they r not a threat
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tatetopa on 27 December, 2015, 18:57
It is at the surface during the daytime, which I think is not usual for these animals. Coupled with its lack of response to the divers, one might guess it is injured or dying.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Chibadiba on 27 December, 2015, 23:57
The first giant squid ever captured on video & the first to be seen alive in person was missing it's 2 arms that it uses to catch it's pray. So luring it with food was "easy". Now this 4 meter long one was at the surface & ignoring the divers so I'm guessing that it was sick as well. We still have yet to see a living giant squid in good health in it's natural environment.
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 28 December, 2015, 6:24
Very cool
Comment icon #10 Posted by BeastieRunner on 28 December, 2015, 20:52
I love it when we find stuff like this on our planet.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 28 December, 2015, 23:52
Many deep sea animals found near the surface are sick or dying. Oarfish and the bizarre Frilled Shark come to mind. These squid are supposed to like deep, dark, cold water, to have one in sunlit shallow seas in daylight would seem to indicate that it too is sick or dying. But it is at least a chance to see one up close while alive.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Yamato on 29 December, 2015, 5:16
That video was awesome. People should leave the little guy alone unless they just want to jump in the water to film it. Yep 13m ~= 40ft. We've all lost points on math tests doing word problems and not including the unit of measurement with the number in our answer.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Yamato on 29 December, 2015, 5:20
Many deep sea animals found near the surface are sick or dying. Oarfish and the bizarre Frilled Shark come to mind. These squid are supposed to like deep, dark, cold water, to have one in sunlit shallow seas in daylight would seem to indicate that it too is sick or dying. But it is at least a chance to see one up close while alive. Good points Sundew, the lack of contact with humans till now probably suggests it doesn't have much longer to live either.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BeastieRunner on 29 December, 2015, 21:09
Many deep sea animals found near the surface are sick or dying. Oarfish and the bizarre Frilled Shark come to mind. These squid are supposed to like deep, dark, cold water, to have one in sunlit shallow seas in daylight would seem to indicate that it too is sick or dying. But it is at least a chance to see one up close while alive. That's a bit of a no-brainer but I never thought of that till you brought it up. Makes sense.
Comment icon #15 Posted by qxcontinuum on 30 December, 2015, 6:54
and they didn't ate it?


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