The recent unprecedented video footage of a giant squid filmed in its deep ocean habitat has renewed interest in the enormous — and yet still mysterious — species. It’s believed that giant squid (genus Architeuthis) can grow up to 55 feet long. The individual captured on video via a small submarine located in the North Pacific Ocean was about 30 feet long and silver and gold in color, marine biologist Edie Widder, who helped to shoot the footage, said. Her colleague Tsunemi Kubodera added that the squid was missing its two longest tentacles. Cephalopod experts are intrigued by the world record footage.
The Ethiopian African mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) is possibly the goofiest looking animal I have ever posted. They are burrowers, and a solitary rat can inhabit 50 m of tunnel space. As its teeth would suggest, it gnaws on plant material—especially roots—and also uses these teeth to dig its burrows.
Damn Nature You Scary of the Day: Giant Squid Caught on Tape
After spending 400 hours over the course of 100 missions, Japan’s NHK TV crew has managed to film the mysterious sea creature for the first time ever. The squid was spotted last summer in the Pacific Ocean—at a depth of 630 meters about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo—during a joint expedition by the Japanese public broadcaster, Discovery Channel and the National Museum of Nature and Science. The footage will premiere in the upcoming Discovery Channel special documentary that will air on January 27.