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Keiko, the Loch Ness Monster and giant squid: a collection of stories on animals from the deep. - Slate Magazine

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Something about the watery deep seems to bring out the madness in humans. Meet some people who are willing to gamble "savings, family, and sanity" -- as well as life, in some cases -- to capture the object of their sea-monster obsessions.

1500 Giant Humboldt Squids attacked a boat off San Onofre State Beach in Orange County this past weekend. The boat caught over 800 of them in 45 minutes:

Giant Humboldt squid attack Orange County California

The giant squid, found mainly in 200 to 700 feet of water off Mexico and California, are going near the surface because — like whales and dolphins seen recently — they are feeding on an abundance of krill brought to the area by tidal flows.

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Scientists have captured the first Giant Squid footage!!!

Discovery is about to release the Kraken: Until now, the giant squid had never been caught on video in its natural habitat. But Japan's National Science Museum has managed to capture the footage, and it's headed for the small screen on the country's public television. Then, on Jan. 27, the Discovery Channel will unveil the video of the creature "with razor-toothed suckers and eyes the size of dinner plates." That's not totally an exaggeration.

The giant squid is believed to have inspired centuries of legends among sailors. The squid in question is about 10 feet long—though scientists say it would have been 26 feet long had it not been missing two arms—and was taped some 2,000 feet underwater in the north Pacific. It took experts some 400 hours squeezed into a submersible to get the footage, AFP reports. "It was shining and so beautiful," says a researcher of the silvery, black-eyed squid. "I was so thrilled when I saw it firsthand."


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