Live Findings

Picture of the first live footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat.

There have very few live finding of Architeuthis. It was one of very last megafauna, that is very large animal, to be photographed that is still alive today. Practically all finding of the giant squid have been dead, washed up on beaches, or in the stomachs of sperm whales.
In 1993, it was thought that this picture was taken, but it turned out that it was actually a picture of Onykia robusta that was ill and/or dying.
In 2001, footage was taken of larva Architeuthis. The squid later died before reaching full size, or even close to it.

On January 15, 2002, on Goshiki beach, the first live pictures of a mature giant squid were taken. The squid had a length of approximately 4 meters (13 ft) in length. The squid soon died after it was tied to a quay.

On September 30, 2004, the first pictures of a live giant squid in itsnatural habitat were taken when Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori used the patterns of sperm whale hunting to place a bait for the giant squid made out of squid and shrimp. An 8 meter (26 ft) long giant squid took the bait, and 500 pictures were taken before the squid escaped, with one of its tentacles remaining in the bait.

On December 4, 2006, the first footage of an adult giant squid was taken by Tsunemi Kubodera. The giant squid was a small female, 3.5 meters (11ft) long. The squid was pulled aboard the boat, but it died soon after.


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