Growing up to 18 metres in length, giant squid live in all the world’s oceans except in polar regions.

Most of what is known about this elusive animal has been gleaned from remains that have been found in the stomachs of whales, washed ashore or caught in fishing nets. It has only recently been glimpsed alive in its natural habitat, captured on film earlier this year swimming off the coast of Japan.

More here – 2min interview with the researcher Tsunemi Kubodera and the first images on the kraken in situ.

Love his impression of the life of the squid in the final seconds here…