The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 07, 2013
 

Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths: Japan scientists

 
 

TOKYO (AFP) - Scientists and broadcasters said on Monday that they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid up to eight metres long that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Japan's National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature in its natural habitat for the first time, working with Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the US Discovery Channel.

They spotted the squid at a depth of 630 metres using a submersible in July, some 15 kilometres east of Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean.

The submarine with three people on board, including Mr Tsunemi Kubodera from the museum, followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 metres as it swam into the ocean abyss.