Friday Squid Blogging: Photographing the Giant Squid

Another will try:

Marine biologist Peter Batson says he plans to try photographing giant squid at a depth of 3000m off the coast of New Zealand.

Mr Batson, who runs a New Zealand company, Explore The Abyss Ltd, with his father, told the Courier-Mail newspaper in Brisbane that he will use a remote-controlled camera to snap the squid.

Posted on January 5, 2007 at 3:13 PM8 Comments


Roxanne January 5, 2007 7:20 PM

We watched a special on the Science channel last night about a Japanese researcher who managed to take still photos of a giant squid back in 2004. I remember hearing of it at the time, but this is the first time I’d seen the pictures.

The most interesting bits (to me) were left half-said: they might not have gotten any pictures at all if the giant hadn’t gotten a tentacle caught on the bait hook, and eventually the animal freed itself by cutting off said tentacle (which happened off-camera, so we don’t know if it bit it off or pulled out its Leatherman tool). No dummy, that squid. Well, except for the “getting caught in the first place” part.

Keone January 6, 2007 12:41 PM

Love the squid feature. Mahalo. Your blog is one of those I visit regularly because I find it very useful. Again, thanks.

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