September 30, 2004: First Images of Giant Squid Taken
Today in 2004, Japanese scientists Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum of Japan and Kyoichi Mori, of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, captured the first images of the elusive giant squid in its natural habitat. Believing that sperm whales would sometimes feed on the squid, they used the whales to lead them to squid hunting grounds. After nearly two years of trying, they were finally able to capture images of a 26-foot giant squid from 900 m (3,000 ft) under the sea. The giant squid, or Architeuthis, can grow up to a length of 33 ft for males and 43 ft for females.