Catch of the Century

A creature that can grow up to 13 m, with tentacles as long as a city bus and eyeballs the size of a human head shouldn't be that hard to find. But scientists have never caught a glimpse of a live giant squid in the wild. The cephalopod's reign as the Greta Garbo of the undersea world, however, is over: last week two Japanese scientists—Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori—published the first photographs of a giant squid in action, captured by a robotic camera 900 m below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. For obsessive squid hunters, it's the scientific equivalent of...

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