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The Elusive Giant Squid

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.

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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 http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2013/08/27/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 http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1769/20131463.full "The deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi has tentacles unique among known squids." Even Severed Octopus Arms Have Smart Moves http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2013/08/27/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 http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2013/08/28/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 http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/10/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 http://boingboing.net/2010/11/19/clever-octopus-tenta.html "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? http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2008/06/how_smart_is_the_octopus.html "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 http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6474/ "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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 http://youtube.com/sourcefed and keep up with Elliott at @elliottcmorgan. Watch More: Giant Squid: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-071-giant-squid-king-of-the-ocean Real Life Sea Monsters: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-107-real-life-sea-monsters More SourceFed: http://youtube.com/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 http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com

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