squidOkay, lemme just get this obvious reference out of the way up front: RELEASE THE KRAKEN!! Phew, I feel better now. I mean, it HAD to be said because the actual kraken -- i.e., the most mysterious, elusive creature known to man, the giant squid -- has apparently been videotaped in the wild for the first time ever. And soon, very soon, the video will be (you guessed it) released. On the Discovery Channel.

Japan's National Science Museum actually captured the footage, and we'll get to see it on Discovery after its debut on Japanese public television. And it was no easy task to capture said footage, seeing as how the giant squid generally swims in the open ocean at depths ranging from 400 feet to a half mile deep. Until now we've only seen the animal dead or nearly dead, washed up on shore, or tangled in fishing nets. And now we're gonna actually see one or more, maybe?!

And the accounts, so far, are ... varied, to say the least. The creatures have been described as having "razor-toothed suckers and eyes the size of dinner plates." Another researcher, however, called the squid "shining and so beautiful." But hey, for all we really know, the kraken could be part Kardashian, as one expert put it (sort of):

It has almost never been witnessed swimming freely, feeding, or otherwise going about its cephalopodic business in its natural environment. Consequently, far more is known about the behavior of a creature like, say, Kim Kardashian, than about the world’s largest invertebrate. Females can grow to be about 45 feet long and weigh 600 pounds, while males reach about half that size.

Release the Kardashian? Noooo, we've released enough of them already!

What do you think the Giant Squid will really look like?

 

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