Fishing for Giant Squid

An underwater camera has snapped the first pictures of a live giant squid.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 24, 2005

Stories of giant sea monsters have terrified people since ancient times. Some of the scariest tales involve a gargantuan squid that attacks boats and snares sailors with its gnarly tentacles.

Over the years, the long-armed creatures have gained mythical status. Authors have written about them. Artists have painted them.

This drawing of a giant squid was based on a specimen found on the coast of Newfoundland in 1874.

This drawing of a giant squid was based on a specimen found on the coast of Newfoundland in 1874.

NOAA Photo Library

As myths go, however, giant squid are unusual because...

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