First to photograph a live giant squid
Last updated: September 4, 2017 at 1:10 am
January 15, 2002 – The first image ever recorded of a live mature giant squid was taken on Goshiki Beach, Amino Cho, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The reddish colour of the skin in the photo is indicative that the animal is still alive. The squid’s mantle measured approximately 2 m (6.6 ft) in length. Total length including tentacles was 4 m (13 ft). The animal was roped to a dock where it soon died. It was later identified by a scientist from the Tokyo University of Fisheries and it is now on display at the National Science Museum of Japan.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.