A group of Japanese researchers broadcast footage of a giant squid swimming in its natural habitat for the first time ever, reports Phys.org. The three-meter long creature was filmed in the depths of the northern Pacific Ocean in July 2012 thanks to combined effort of Japan’s state-run telvision NHK and the US Discovery Channel. The crew roamed the deep-ocean waters in a tiny submersible. Phys.org reports:
After around 100 missions, during which they spent 400 hours in the cramped submarine, the three-man crew tracked the creature from a spot some 15 kilometres (nine miles) east of Chichi island in the north Pacific. Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera said they followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 metres as it swam into the ocean abyss.
The giant deep-sea creature, which is believed to be the animal present in the Nordic legend of Kraken, has huge black eyes. Its real name is Architeuthis and is “sometimes described one of the last mysteries of the earth”. Footage of the three-meter long squid was taken on July 10, 2012.