Giant Squid Caught On Video

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Steve saying Full HD makes me very excited. I haven't had to wait as long as other people for this, but since I was 12 I wanted to see this.
 

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Commentary by Deep Sea News announcing giant squid video with additional history of the search.

A new (1/7/2013 posting)higher quality video of the first architeuthis brought to the surface (Japanese, no subtitles)
 

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Hmmm. Commenter at Deep Sea News link claims that Ku sneak-previewed footage at 2012 Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, just weeks ago. If true, and if Ku showed it to a crowd (and not just a friend or two), there must be some reactions and/or descriptions floating around out there, unless the ceph geek code of silence is stronger than I'd thought it to be.

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One of my PhD students saw some of the footage presented by the venerable Kubodera himself, at this years http://www.ciac2012brazil.com.br/ conference. Apparently its not only the real deal, but absolutely amazing….
I suspect the commenter or his "student" are blowing smoke or going on hearsay. We had a pretty good representation at the conference in Brazil (at least four of our members) and not one word about a video by Ku was mentioned. His is not a presentation that would have been missed by any of the three "squidologists" in NZ (Kat, Aaron and Heather).
 

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A couple of resources for the uninitiated

or for anyone who wants to refresh their memory of giant squid knowledge/exploration

I have a copy of
Pirates of the deep - Stories of the Squid and Octopus by Paul Bartsch, Curator of Marine Invertebrates, US National Museum pages 347-375 of the Smithsonian Report for 1916.

There is quite a long section in the pamphlet about the giant squid including tall tales, documented recovery and particularly about a huge die off that anyone interested in the history of our knowledge of this critter will enjoy reading.

It is available on Google books as a free ebook. The giant squid material starts on 364 with undocumented spottings and fish tales. Documented findings start on 366.

In searching for the above pamphlet, I came across an on-line summary of giant squid exploration with one of the famous squid researchers that was not on this expedition (pity) but has spend a lot of time (including a 1999 submersible expedition) studying the animal. Something tells me Clyde may still see his in situ animal ...
 

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Clem;195148 said:
Hmmm. Commenter at Deep Sea News link claims that Ku sneak-previewed footage at 2012 Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, just weeks ago. If true, and if Ku showed it to a crowd (and not just a friend or two), there must be some reactions and/or descriptions floating around out there, unless the ceph geek code of silence is stronger than I'd thought it to be.

Clem
That would appear to be the case Clem, based on what I read there also (I never went to the CIAC conference so cannot know for sure); I would be surprised if Ku showed any of the footage, but .... it doesn't bother me if he did.
 

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