Eluding psychic investigators and cryptozoologists, giant squids had only been seen in still photographs. Finally, in July of 2012, scientists filmed the first video of a live giant squid swimming some 2,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Edie Widder is the ocean researcher who shot the footage, which is slated to be released in a Discovery Channel documentary later in month of January, 2013. Dead bait only catches scavengers, to attract active predators you need something that looks alive to the squid, so Edie developed an optical lure that imitates a particular type of bio-luminescent display that she thought should be attractive to large predators like the Kraken, or giant squid.

What's next for cryptozoologist, now that Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Kraken have all been photographed?

Well, Edie Widder would like to try for observations of the colossal squid, the only one larger than a giant squid. Only discovered in the 1920s, colossal squid live in the Antarctic Ocean and grow to perhaps 46 feet in length. "In a heartbeat I'd go look for them," Widder says. "It has bioluminescent eyes. That is something I'd like to see."

Fire up the airship, any good steampunk captain worth his salt would go on that hunt. Captain Nemo is turning over in Davy Jone's Locker right about now


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