Japan’s National Science Museum has finally succeeded in filming the giant squid in its natural habitat for the very first time.
Many people have already tried to capture an image of the deep-sea creature alive in its natural habitat, including researchers and film crews, but none of them had succeeded until now.
Modern-day scientists using their own Moby Dick-style search used a submersible to take them into the dark and cold depths (around 630 metres) of the northern Pacific Ocean, where they managed to film the three-metre specimen, the culmination of a 10-year project.
Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera and his team followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 metres as it swam into the ocean abyss. Kubodera, a squid specialist, had also filmed a giant squid in 2006, but only from his boat after it was hooked and brought up to the surface.
This massive invertebrate can grow to more than 10 metres and the success of Kubodera and his team can be seen on the Discovery Channel on January 27 – “Legends of the Deep: Giant Squid”.