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Elusive giant squid caught on camera

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Though sailors have long attested to the existence of a giant creature of the deep, it took scientists at Japan’s National Science Museum 400 hours perched in a small, three-man submarine to finally capture the mysterious beast on camera.

For [researcher Tsunemi ]Kubodera it was the culmination of a lengthy quest for the beast. “It was shining and so beautiful,” Kubodera told AFP. “I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data.”

The end of the rainbow where the first footage ever of the animal in its natural habitat was taken was off Chichi Island in the north Pacific, a third of a mile under the surface and followed by the team three hundred more meters into the deep.

Who needs to hunt for aliens when this baby is lurking right here in our very own oceans:

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Full story at PhysOrg.

Ocean monsters revealed.

Photo credit: National Geographic/Smithsonian Institute

Photo credit: Screen grab from footage captured by NHK and Discovery Channel in July 2012

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