Giant Squid Expedition Member Edith Widder Breaks Down the Kraken Hunt at TEDBy now we've all seen the first footage captured of a giant squid, but for our part, we have yet to grow tired of it, because giant squids are amazing. With that in mind, we direct you to researcher Edith Widder's TED Talk about the expedition to film the squid for the first time, her role in it, and how she got involved in the project. Widder offers a wealth of valuable backstory and technical details on the project and the unmatched insight of one of the expedition's main scientists, along with candid camera video of researchers hollering like excited kids when they realize they've captured video of the squid at long last.Read on...
Giant Squid Footage is Actually of a Giant Squid, And It’s Apparently Silver
Last month we reported that a film crew from Discovery Channel had captured footage of a giant squid at home in the inky blackness of the ocean's depths -- the place where all the most horrid nightmares are born -- for an episode of the cable network's Curiosity series. Since we're inclined to take a "pics or it didn't happen" view of the world over here, it's safe to say that we were all dubious of the claim, especially when past experience has shown that such overhyped discoveries are often run-of-the-mill colossal squid that don't even merit a second glance. Today, though, we're delighted to report that our cynicism was, for once, unfounded. The team of giant squid enthusiasts behind last month's bold claim has released this photo of the legendary aquatic beast that caused superstitious vikings and pirates to soil themselves at the mere mention of it -- we assume.Read on...
KrakenGiant Squid! New Footage Captures Elusive Beast for First Time
Seen here in an artistic interpretation, the giant squid is thought to be the inspiration for many sea monster stories throughout history like the Kraken, Scylla, Cthulhu, and probably Sharktopus, but it refuses to be taken alive. It won't even let its picture be taken alive, until now that is. A film crew for Discovery has captured the first footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat, probably doing squid stuff.Read on...
Shark Eats Giant Squid Right After Fisherman Finds Giant Squid
Australian Daily Telegraphy fishing columnist Al McGlashan recently came across a 13-foot giant squid. Amazing, of course, because seeing the things at a large size was once a rarer than rare site. However, when McGlashan moved in to investigate what seemed to be the carcass of a giant squid, he found that a shark was eating it. In summary, a fisherman found a giant squid, a rare sight, but -- what're the odds -- a blue shark was eating it. Lucky for all of us, there's video of the shark having a giant squid lunch below the break.Read on...