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First Photos of a Giant Squid in the Wild

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First Photos of a Giant Squid in the Wild

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First Photos of a Giant Squid in the Wild

First Photos of a Giant Squid in the Wild

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A digital image of the giant squid captured by a remote camera system, September 2004. The Royal Society hide caption

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Japanese researchers have captured an elusive prey, taking the first pictures of a live mature giant squid — at a depth of 3,000 feet in the North Pacific.

Michele Norris talks with Emory Kristof, a photographer for National Geographic. He went to New Zealand twice in hopes of taking such pictures, but without success.