About That Amazing Giant Squid Footage
January 10, 2013
the amazing video footage of a giant squid that's about to air on the Discovery Channel later this month. You may have even seen some of the still images they've released. It's a great science story, the kind that actually draws interest beyond the academic community and draws coverage from the mainstream press -- and that's always a good thing.By now you may have already heard about
You probably haven't seen the video, since the Discovery Channel is smartly sitting on the footage and ruthlessly squashing attempts to post it on the Internet. They have released a small clip to media outlets, which you can see in the news story below [WARNING: Contains inane morning show banter]:
I won't repeat all the details of the video's origins here; there are plenty of news stories out there where you can get that. Sufficed to say that this was an expedition by a Japanese crew, co-funded by Japanese television station NHK and the American-based Discovery Channel. It's airing in Japan first, before airing on Duscovery Channel on January 27th.
Of interest to me here on the Skeptoid blog is how the giant squid is, again, an example of the stark contrast between a real hidden animal and a legendary cryptid. To whit: there was a time when people wondered whether the giant squid actually existed. However, because it actually did exist, the credible evidence for the giant squid accumulated over the years. What began as tales of the Kraken became more credible tales of a giant squid, which was eventually supported by piecemeal biological evidence, and then complete corpses, and then photographs, and then video. And not blurry photographs, and not grainy video; but actual, useful visual records.
Compare the story of the giant squid to that most well known of waterborne crypids, the Loch Ness Monster.
I plan to thoroughly enjoy the Discovery Channel special when it airs later this month. Not only because the giant squid is fascinating, but because the giant squid is a real hidden animal that we've finally captured on tape.
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