First images of giant squid may be on film
September 25 2002 at 04:05PM
Gijon, Spain - A Spanish research team believes it may have captured the
first ever images of a living giant squid, a mysterious animal which has
only been seen dead or dying, said a spokesperson for the documentary maker
The team of about 40 filmmakers and scientists shot more than 100 hours of
footage during its 15-day Kraken Project off Spain's north-western coast,
one of the areas where the giant squid is believed to live in ocean depths.
Cameras were lowered into the sea to shoot at a depth of up to 800m. The
team will now examine the footage to see whether it contains shots of the
giant squid, Architeuthis by its scientific name.
Local fishermen have caught large cephalopods recently, and the Kraken team
retrieved a six-metre dead squid which weighed 50kg.
The giant squid can reach a length of 20m and weigh up to a ton. It has
fuelled the imagination of writers such as Jules Verne, but no human being
has ever faced it eye to eye. - Sapa-DPA