How High-Res Footage Of A 2 Story Kraken (Giant Squid) Was Taken

Apr 7, 2013

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How High-Res Footage Of A 2 Story Kraken (Giant Squid) Was Taken

Apr 7, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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The Giant Squid AKA the Kraken is the stuff nightmares are made from. While it is about two stories tall, it has yet to be photographed until recently.

How Hige-Res Footage Of A 2 Stories Kraken (Giant Squid) Was Taken

Edith Widder is one of three scientists who first captured hi-res footage of the giant 2 stories high squid.

While many expeditions tried to capture the beast, Edith suspected that the noise coming from the submersible vehicles motors divers used scared away the sea doweling creatures.

Edith opted to use a non-motored device, with a battery powered camera tethered to a float. The device was tied to an LED bait (or optical lure) that shines like a certain Jelly Fish. This rig was illuminated by red LEDs that are unseen to water creatures.

How Hige-Res Footage Of A 2 Stories Kraken (Giant Squid) Was Taken

The effort paid off, and the beast from below showed itself several times until on the last time the team risked turning full lights on and the squid did not flee, giving the first hi-res video capture of a real life Kraken.

If you find this interesting, you can watch the TED show where Edith shares the full story.

And a longer Discovery show telling the full version of the story here.

[h/t to Jim M. Goldstein for the find]

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5 responses to “How High-Res Footage Of A 2 Story Kraken (Giant Squid) Was Taken”

  1. 34234234 Avatar
    34234234

    well ist could be a 10cm squid…

    1. 4234234 Avatar
      4234234

      i mean how can you say how big he is?
      they could be lying…

      1. Jimbo Avatar
        Jimbo

        Lol? Scientists care about their reputation. They don’t lie unless they’re sure they can get away with it and they’re going to profit from it. Who’s going to profit from faking a giant squid video?

      2. Jonathan Bae Avatar
        Jonathan Bae

        Given that it’s not the “North Korean Video Propaganda Photoshop Production” I will give it some credibility…

    2. sam Avatar
      sam

      well, then the Discovery channel would be kinda lame for running a 2 hours show on a 10cm squid.

      plus, you can compare it to the optical lure