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Giant squid remains a mystery as video raises more questions than answers

January 25, 2013

Giant squid remains a mystery as video raises more questions than answers

More questions than answers.

Despite being captured on film for the first time in its natural habitat, the elusive giant squid still remains a big mystery to scientists. After the footage was released, many researchers renewed their interest in the species, which is of the genus Architeuthis and has fascinated scientists for a long time.

Based off of specimens caught in nets and washed ashore, scientists have estimated that the giant squid can grow up to 55 feet long. According to Edie Widder, who helped obtain the now famous video, the animal that was caught on tape in the North Pacific Ocean was nearly 30 feet long and appeared silver and gold in color. Widder’s co-worker Tsunemi Kubodera notes  that the filmed squid was missing its two longest tentacles.

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