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Posted: 9/28/2005 4:39:15 AM EDT
The elusive Architeuthis "giant squid" has finally been found and filmed alive! Sciientitsts have been searching for this creature for like 50 years but noone has ever seen one alive!

TOKYO Sep 28, 2005 — The giant squid can be found in books and in myths, but for the first time, a team of Japanese scientists has captured on film one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep sea in its natural habitat.

The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands.

"We believe this is the first time a grown giant squid has been captured on camera in its natural habitat," said Kyoichi Mori, a marine researcher who co-authored a piece in Wednesday's issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The camera was operated by remote control during research at the end of October 2004, Mori told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.

"Contrary to belief that the giant squid is relatively inactive, the squid we captured on film actively used its enormous tentacles to go after prey," Mori said.

"It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle" about six yards long, Mori said.

Kubodera, also reached by the AP, said researchers ran DNA tests on the tentacle and found it matched those of other giant squids found around Japan.

"But other sightings were of smaller, or very injured squids washed toward the shore or of parts of a giant squid," Kubodera said. "This is the first time a full-grown, healthy squid has been sighted in its natural environment in deep water."

Kubodera said the giant squid's tentacle would not grow back, but the squid's life was not in danger.

Jim Barry, a marine biologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, has searched for giant squid on his own expeditions without luck.

"It's the holy grail of deep sea animals," he said. "It's one that we have never seen alive, and now someone has video of one."

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 4:47:30 AM EDT
Heard that on the news this morning.
Wouldn't like to meet one
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 4:51:34 AM EDT
When do we get to see the video.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 4:55:08 AM EDT
tag for vid
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 4:56:02 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:00:34 AM EDT
Calamari anyone?
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:01:39 AM EDT
What's the proper round for taking a Giant Squid?
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:01:41 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:05:41 AM EDT
Thats pretty cool. Scary too..
Hopefully they protect this and nessy both our underwater allies
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:12:28 AM EDT
I honestly believe there are some unknown critters running aroud the woods and the seas that would scare the heck out of me.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:16:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By m-dc:
I honestly believe there are some unknown critters running aroud the woods and the seas that would scare the heck out of me.

Earth sure would be a lonely place if there were not.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:20:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 5:36:13 AM EDT
So will we see a vid of a guy in a rubber squid costume???
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 8:48:49 AM EDT
Unlike BS Animals like "bigfoot" or "Nessy" the Giant squiid was known to exsist due to Giant Squid Beaks found in Whales' Stomachs as well as sucker scars on the whales' heads But till now none have ever been seen alive. Also the dead specimens found before this were small and hence scientists were not sure if they were the same species as the legendary "Architeuthis". MANY MANY shows on the discovery channel and others showed scientists trying to find the species but to no avail. So this is the first time ever this has been seen alive AND HUGE! For us Giant squid fans this is like discovering Atlantis!
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 8:58:19 AM EDT
Bigfoot DOES exist, he stole my Ares Shrike

Really! unlike the Ares I think Bigfoot does exists
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:02:11 AM EDT
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[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 9:09:36 AM EDT by 1911lover]

Originally Posted By chooper:
Calamari anyone for 500?

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:17:33 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:30:08 AM EDT
no vid

only still images captured every 30 seconds, they have about four hours worth of images

the squid got caught on the bait hook and ripped of one of its own tentacles
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:45:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 9:47:36 AM EDT by Epsilon]
Forget that pussy 26 foot giant squid! I think Octopi grow ALOT bigger...check out this giant octopus..photographed in 1896.

The Lusca is a creature that the people of the Bahamas have seen for years. It matches the description of a giant octopus. Is that possible ? Pictured above are the remains of a unknown species of giant octopus ? While we know that giant squids do exist, it has never been confirmed that a giant octopus does, in fact, exist. The octopus would be more likely to attack ships and sailors than a squid would, so if there is a giant variety of the species, this could add credibility to stories of giant squid/octopus' attacking ships. The Kraken was a sea serpent that was seen by thousands of sailors. The Kraken description matches that of the giant squid. How many "Kraken" attacks were the work of an giant octopus ? An estimate on the size of the corpse in the picture if it was an octopus would make the octupus 150 to 200 feet tip to tip of the tenticles. The cell samples of the corpse were taken to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and tested. The cells of the creature were not identical to, but very closely resembled the octopus more than any other type of sea creature.
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I've seen a video on the net of a diver getting attacked by some 6 foot squid. Maybe the ar15 hive can find it. That was some scary shit.
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 9:58:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 10:06:43 AM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 10:03:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By simple_in_seattle:
I've seen a video on the net of a diver getting attacked by some 6 foot squid. Maybe the ar15 hive can find it. That was some scary shit.

Squids have "beaks"... I would NOT want a 6 inch squid beak clamping down on me nevertheless a 26 foot squid having a go at my flesh.

- BG
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 10:04:48 AM EDT
Note to self: buy LOTS more saltine crackers...
Link Posted: 9/28/2005 10:14:06 AM EDT
The giant squid has the biggest eye of any animal on earth. Can be up to 12 inches wide.

This one is only 2 meters long. Imagine one 10 times that.

Link Posted: 9/28/2005 7:25:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/28/2005 7:40:28 PM EDT by simple_in_seattle]
I'm going to find the humboldt squid video where they kick this guy's ass.

Dangerous Squid those Humboldts

To pass the time...here is a guy getting his ass kicked by an octopus.

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