Video of giant squid in natural habitat to be released (Updated: On TV Jan 27)

Originally published December 10, 2012

Giant Squid Captured on Video for First Time : Discovery Channel.

The giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat for the first time ever.

Mankind finally confronts the greatest mystery of the deep as the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat is revealed in Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, which premieres on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10/9c as the season finale of Curiosity. NHK will air their special on the first-ever footage of the giant squid in early January 2013.

“When Discovery does natural history it sets the bar high, and this ground breaking project features the very first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. Our crew came face-to-face with the giant squid, and it’s the ideal season finale for our Curiosity series that stirs the imagination of our audience, bravely asking questions and fearlessly seeking answers. This latest production, four years in the making, is a world-first achievement for television, and I’m excited to share it,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks.

As a giant squid fan, this sounds very exciting. Architeuthis dux is suspected to be the world’s largest invertebrate and the stuff of myth and legends. There were photo captures of a giant squid from a few years ago in the deep ocean but not video. There was also this capture of a giant squid at the surface. Of course there are lots of dead Architeuthis that have been studied. But we don’t know much about how it normally lives.

UPDATE: This story has been recirculating in the news today as Discovery Channel has issued a press release:

Mankind finally confronts the creature of the deep as the first ever footage of the giant squid where it lives is revealed in Discovery Channel’s MONSTER SQUID: THE GIANT IS REAL which premieres on January 27, 2013 at 8 PM ET/PT as the season finale of CURIOSITY. NHK will air their special on the first ever footage of the giant squid this month.

Discovery and NHK captured groundbreaking imagery below the Pacific waters during a mission that included over more than 285 hours in the abyss, 55 sub dives, some at depths greater than 3,000 feet, and a crew of scientists, including oceanographer and marine biologist Dr. Edie Widder, marine biologist Steve O’Shea and zoologist Dr. Tsunemi Kobodera of the National Science Museum of Japan, in addition to engineers, technicians and sub pilots. To catch the animal’s majestic power – as well as its ultimate fragility – MONSTER SQUID: THE GIANT IS REAL utilized the latest cinematographic techniques and technology, including two deep sea submersibles with panoramic views, ultra-sensitive camera systems with light invisible to squid, bio luminescent lures and secret squid attractants.

They have released a clip of the video which is very cool.


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  4 comments for “Video of giant squid in natural habitat to be released (Updated: On TV Jan 27)

  1. D
    December 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I’ll have to mark my calender, once I get one. I seem to remember that big Whales dive deep to hunt Giant Squids. A dead whale was found with a belly full of Squid beaks. At that depth and with that much water pressure, one good squeeze and the squid is done for. Their sonar helps the whales detect the squids without being detected themselves. Neat stuff !!!

  2. December 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I seem to remember there was video of the giant squid a few years ago- I believe it was part of that NatGeo special. Or it was video captured by Japanese scientists. It was maybe 5-8 years ago… Okay- I just did a search and it WAS the Japanese who did it, BUT it was a series of stills to create a sort of video:

  3. spookyparadigm
    January 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I am getting a bad feeling that while they have indeed found the giant squid in its natural habitat, the specimen we’re going to see is not going to be very giant, judging from the video.

  4. RayG
    January 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    in addition to the above poster… I get a bad feeling that they will end up on the plates of many a Japanese restaurant soon after.

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