What’s Kraken-ating?


Image: Colossal Octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort

A kraken has been captured on film!

To be more accurate, the creature that spawned the Kraken myth, the giant squid (Genus: Architeuthis), has been videoed. Found in the deepest of oceans, the giant squid intrigued and frightened even the bravest of fisherman for decades. As such, it became the stuff of legends and featured in many classic novels such as Moby Dick andTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. We now have far greater knowledge about giant squid through hauling them up in nets and performing dissections. They are found worldwide, are carnivorous and have a weird mating system; males deposit sperm packages on the arms of females and females probably can store sperm for long periods.

Despite these fascinating discoveries, no-one has ever filmed one in its natural environment … until now! Japanese zoologist, Tsunemi Kubodera, captured the graceful creature in about 600m of water, 1,000km south of Tokyo. They have searched for these squid for hundreds of hours and were finally successful in July 2012. The intriguing creature they spied was 3 metres long, only half the size of the largest ever seen!

Grab yourself a sneak peak here and make sure you tune into the Discovery Channel on January 27th to see the much awaited footage!


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