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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