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Posted 23 December 2006 - 01:01 AM

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 09:24 AM

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.

"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future."

Giant squid, formally called Architeuthis, are the world's largest invertebrates.

The captured squid was caught using a smaller type of squid as bait, and was pulled into a research vessel "after putting up quite a fight," Kubodera said.

"It took two people to pull it in, and they lost it once, which might have caused the injuries that killed it," he said.

The squid, a female, was not fully grown and was relatively small by giant squid standards. The longest one on record is 60 feet, he said.

Kubodera and his team had been conducting expeditions in the area for about three years before they succeeded in making their first contact two years ago. Last year, the team succeeded in taking a series of still photos of one of the animals in its natural habitat -- also believed to have been a first.


This is not much bigger than the humboldts caught off the USA but the potential is there to catch bigger ones! Up to 60 feet long! wow! :)

Thanks for the link BPM. :)

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 07:51 PM

Hi everyone,

Here is some more video footage of the giant squid that was caught by Japanese researchers:

mms://telegraph.wmod.llnwd.net/a689/o1/TELEGRAPH_SQUID_22.wmv
http://www.telegraph...2/usquid122.xml

The squid, some 24ft long, was captured earlier this month in the Pacific, 600 miles south of Tokyo.

Also, here are a couple of photos of the squid.

0_62_giant_squid_2.jpg 0_61_giant_squid_1.jpg

Cheers, Glen
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