Following the release of the footage showing the giant squid in its natural habitat has once again triggered everyone's interest in the elusive species.
The first live giant squid was captured on video nearly 2,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean last summer. The video titled "Monster Squid: The Giant is Real" is scheduled to air on channel Discovery on January 27.
Squids are prolific cephalopods that grow up to 55 feet in length. They grow very fast and live only a few years. Cephalopods, which are commonly known as "inkfish" among fishermen, are believed to predate the dinosaurs, stretching back around five hundred million years to the Late Cambrian Period. The giant squids have evolved from a totally different background from humans and other vertebrates.
Edie Widder, who helped capture the video showing the squid, said creature captured on the video was around 30 feet long and used to appear silver & gold in color. Tsunemi Kubodera, one of Widder's co-workers, said the squid was missing two of its longest tentacles.
Biology Prof. William Gilly, who had studied a dead squid that was found floating in Monterey Bay, California, a few years back, said he was thrilling to see a living giant squid in a video.
Speaking on the topic, Gilly, said, "It was really thrilling to see the press releases concerning the filming of a living giant squid with a manned submersible."
The giant squid still remains a mystery, but the new video recording of the animal in its natural habitat is expected to provide more information than ever about this elusive animal.