We've all heard the stories — the ones where some gargantuan squid, lurking in the dark depths of the ocean, takes down an entire ship with its tentacles.
While a cephalopod of quite that size has yet to be seen, the giant squid is no mere myth. According to a BBC article, the animal's body alone can get up to about 16.5 feet long, and with its tentacles outstretched the animal's size can reach up to 42.5 feet.
Despite its enormity, hardly anyone has ever seen a living giant squid. But now, we have footage...
What makes the creature so hard to spot? The elusive predator lives more than 3,000 feet below the ocean surface, The first ever footage of the giant squid in its deep water habitat was taken in 2012 for the Discovery Channel's Chasing Giants: On the Trail of the Giant Squid.
It's "the most elusive image in natural history" said author and Marine biologist Richard Ellis.
While the Discovery Channel may have been the first to record the animal in its natural habitat, a research team first filmed a living giant squid back in 2006 off the Ogasawara Islands. And in 2008, Russian scientists from the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography filmed a giant squid in Antarctic waters, according to Russian site Polit.ru.
What the Russian team saw will blow you away...
See the giant squid in all its majesty in the video below.
Yup, it's a beauty.
Just look at that thing!
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