Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Giant Squid

As regular readers of this blog will now, I'm a sucker for anything to do with natural history. The recent Discovery tv show about the filming of the giant squid is worth tracking down, but this TED talk is only a few minutes long and shows you most of the actual footage:

What's unfortunate is that filming these beasts in isolation means there's little comparative scale. This film is not only the first footage of a giant squid ever, but it is of a creature the same length as the height of a two storey building!! Absolutely remarkable.

A few years ago I visited a behind-the-scenes tour at London's Natural History Museum to see their preserved giant squid - a sad, wrinkled sight in formaldehyde perhaps, but it still had impact because of its astonishing size.

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