Caught on Video: Giant Squid

In 2006, this female giant squid attacked bait suspended beneath a Japanese research vessel off the coast of Japan in the Ogasawara Islands. This screenshot resulted when the research team pulled the 7-meter (24-foot) squid to the surface and videotaped her. It was the first time a giant squid was filmed alive. In 2012, researchers were able to capture video of a living giant squid in its natural habitat for the first time.

Japanese scientists videotaped this female giant squid, alive, at the water's surface

Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Museum of Nature and Science of Japan/AP