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The Elusive Giant Squid

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After decades of research, scientists have finally discovered and captured video of the elusive giant squid. First recorded in ancient Greek literature, the giant squid has been mystifying all those who have studied it since the fourth century B.C. Shattering records at more than 40 feet long and nearly 2,000 pounds, the giant squid is a force to be reckoned with. Yet despite their staggering size and long history of existence, these gigantic creatures have surprisingly evaded much scientific research. Avoiding scientists is not a difficult task when the place you call home lies 600 to 2,600 feet below the surface. Its prey haven't been so lucky in learning about the creature either. One of the most mysterious predators in the animal kingdom, giant squids have yet to reveal how they stalk and hunt. Yikes.

If these aquatic creatures are so private what do we know about them? How do scientists today plan to gain more information from such historically elusive animals? There's much left to explore in the hidden caverns of the sea where these beautiful, sequined legends lie. And when it comes to giant squid, there are always more questions than answers. Dive deep into this playlist and uncover the secrets that wait at the bottom of the ocean.

Elliott Morgan from SourceFed comes back to DNews and talks with Anthony about just how terrifying (and awesome) squid and octopi are. Read More: First Footage of Deep-Sea Squid Solves Mystery of Lame Tentacle Club "Say what you want about squids -- too many arms, pointy head, not enough elbows: 2/10 would not take dancing -- but when it comes to killing things, they certainly aren't lacking in creativity." First in situ observations of the deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi reveal unique use of tentacles "The deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi has tentacles unique among known squids." Even Severed Octopus Arms Have Smart Moves "The eight wily arms of an octopus can help the animal catch dinner, open a jar and even complete a convincing disguise. But these arms are not entirely under the control of the octopus's brain. And new research shows just how deep their independence runs—even when they are detached." How Octopus Arms Regenerate With Ease "Like a starfish, an octopus can regrow lost arms. Unlike a starfish, a severed octopus arm does not regrow another octopus. But the biological secrets inside their arm regeneration feat do hold the promise of learning more about how we might better regenerate our own diseased or lost tissue. If not whole limbs, at least perhaps fresh nerves or organ segments." Thinking like an octopus "If you were an octopus, would you view the world from eight different points of view? Nine? The answer may depend on how many brains an octopus has, or, to say it another way, whether the robust bunches of neurons in its coiling, writhing, incredibly handy arms bestow on each of them something akin to a brain. Is an octopus a creature ruled by a single consciousness centered in its large brain, or, by dint of its nerve-infused legs, a collaborative, cooperative, but distributed mind?" Clever octopus tentacles stuffed with neurons "Octopuses have large nervous systems, centered around relatively large brains. But more than half of their 500 million neurons are found in the arms themselves, Godfrey-Smith said." How Smart Is the Octopus? "Aristotle didn't have a high opinion of the octopus. "The octopus is a stupid creature," he wrote, "for it will approach a man's hand if it be lowered in the water." Twenty-four centuries later, this "stupid" creature is enjoying a much better reputation." Deep Intellect "ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium's forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus." Cephalopod intelligence "Cephalopod intelligence has an important comparative aspect in the understanding of intelligence because it relies on a nervous system fundamentally different from that of vertebrates." Big thanks to Elliott Morgan of SourceFed for joining us! Check out more from SourceFed at and keep up with Elliott at @elliottcmorgan. Watch More: Giant Squid: Real Life Sea Monsters: More SourceFed: ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News
Catch MONSTER SQUID: THE GIANT IS REAL Sunday, January 27 at 8/7c on Discovery. | | Dr. Steve O'Shea descends into the depths of the Ogasawara seas in hopes of catching the first live glimpse of the elusive giant squid. This clip contains an amazing discovery.
Jumbo squid up to 2 metres long have invaded waters off the central coast of California and are devouring local fish populations More info at:
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Hank is back in the studio and is very excited to be able again to share news of the universe with you, including his encounter with a giant squid, an English king discovered under a parking lot, new pyramids discovered in Africa, and how the compound that makes Viagra work might also help you live longer. It's good to be back! Like SciShow? Follow SciShow! Tumbl SciShow. References and licenses for this episode can be found in the Google document here: Watch the Discovery Channel's footage of the giant squid here:
For full episodes of Curiosity, visit In this web exclusive, director/producer Leslie Schwerin introduces the three scientists who found the legendary giant squid. | For more Curiosity, visit Subscribe to Discovery! |
Fisherman pull a Marlin out of the water only to find it has been cleaned to the bone by a giant squid. | For more Man-Eating Super Squid, visit Watch the full special! | Subscribe to Animal Planet! |