Exciting news for those of us who LOVE squid! Especially that of the giant persuasion. New photos of a live giant squid have been taken. Don’t be fooled into believing that this is the first time a live one has been photographed – in 2002 some photos were taken in Japan. But they are not of the squid in its natural environment (thousands of feet under the sea).
You can see them here: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kaiyo/2-topicnews/news/2002/02-02-01/mega-squid/mega-squid-01.html
and here: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kaiyo/2-topicnews/news/2002/02-02-01/mega-squid/mega-squid-02.html
The new pics are plentiful, and they are of a full-grown, healthy, 25-foot long archi*. The thing was caught on a line for four hours and they snapped over 500 photos of it. It severed a tentacle during the struggle and the scientists retrieved it, allowing them to confirm the species via DNA testing. Here are some of the photos: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/photogalleries/giant_squid/
* this length is extrapolated by the length of the severed arm. However, if the arm was not severed at the base, the squid could be even bigger. The longest giant squid on record measured 59 feet including tentacles.
If you go here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4288772.stm# you can see a BBC news report on the topic.