posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 10:41 AM
An expedition team led by Edith Witters in waters south of Japan have finally videoed a Giant Squid in its deep water habitat. Discovery Channel and
Japan's NHK were aboard the research vessel and captured every moment.
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For a sense of scale, that eyeball is the size of a human head.
The team leader, Edith Witters, has been studying bioluminescence for many years and thought that using bioluminescence as "squid bait" may yield
results. Indeed, she was right. I heard an interview with her on NPR this morning and that's what prompted me to post this thread.
It sounds like Discovery Channel will be airing all of the dramatic footage, in black and white AND COLOR!!! sometime very soon. I don't have the air
date yet... I using a terrible hotspot with my ipad at the moment and its kinda hard to navigate the web right now. It's taken me forever just to get
this barebones post put together. I trust the ATS community can fill in the gaps for me.
Edit to add: One of the things discussed in the NPR interview with Edith Witters was how the Giant Squid didn't look like they'd expect. She said
that unlike the red colored squid and tentacles that have washed up on the shore, this living specimen was metallic silver with hints of gold.
In my non-expert opinion, maybe the red color has to do with oxidation once the dead specimens wash up on shore and are exposed to air. Or maybe some
other sort of biochemical reaction takes place after death (in the water or not) that changes the color to the red we are used to.
Either way, the coloring of this living Giant Squid in the deep is very impressive. Who'd have thought they would look so cool! Cant wait to see the
full motion video.
edit on 25-1-2013 by Heliophant because: (no reason given)