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.

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