Atlantic - Researchers Reveal Their Technique For Catching Videos Of Elusive Giant Squid
Filming a giant squid video has historically proven to be an unconquerable quest for many a talented underwater camera operator
Wildlife photography is a notoriously difficult art form, requiring patience, stamina, and serendipitous timing. A recent Twitter thread demonstrated the perils of life in the field, as did the BBC’s A Perfect Planet as it sent camera operators to some of the most inhospitable habitats on Earth. Things only get harder as you move underwater, though a recent spike in recreational blackwater diving has allowed marine scientists to lay eyes on the living artwork that is some of the ocean’s residents’ larval forms.
One deep-sea beastie whose appeal has endured since tales of the “Kraken” first began circulating in Norse mythology (yes, it's Norse, not Greek) is the giant squid, Architeuthis dux. Something of a benthic celebrity, no doubt – but filming a giant squid video has historically proven to be an unconquerable quest for many a talented underwater camera operator (unless they're already dead or stealing fish). That is until Dr Edith Widder came onto the scene.