A Japanese-led team of scientists has captured the first-ever live images of a giant squid alive in the ocean. The elusive mollusc, which researchers have searched for repeatedly, was finally spotted deep underwater.
The footage of the three meter-long (10 feet) giant squid was taken last July near the Ogasawara islands, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
It was filmed from a manned submersible during one of 100 dives in the Pacific Ocean as part of a joint expedition by Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Discovery Channel and Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science.
NHK released photographs ahead of this Sunday’s show about the encounter. Discovery Channel will air its program on January 27.
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