For the first time, researchers have photographed a living giant squid in the wild.
The legendary species routinely rears out of the depths in movies and literature, but until now, the only real giant squids that people have seen have been dead ones. Considerable money and effort have disappeared into the deep sea on failed searches for the giants, the largest invertebrates on the planet.
Sperm whales feed on giant squid, and in 2002 Japanese researchers started setting out cameras where whales congregate near the Ogasawara Islands south of Japan. The scientists dangled the cameras above hooks baited with small squid and mashed shrimp.