September 28th, 2005
Japanese scientists have become the first to capture the giant squid on film alive in the actual ocean (photos and story here). This is a really big deal for squid people, they’ve been waiting a long time for someone to figure this one out. They followed some sperm whales and set out a bait bag with an automatic camera. The squid attacked the bait, got caught on a hook, and tore one of its tentacles off in order to escape. Nice, Japanese scientists, real nice. Why do you think the giant squid is so elusive? Maybe because it doesn’t want to have to tear its own tentacles off every time it has its picture taken?
Apparently the tentacle was delicious.