The giant squid is the second largest known living squid and invertebrate. Once thought to be a myth, it is very elusive and has never been captured alive. Most specimens are collected from the stomachs of sperm whales or washed ashore.
In 2005 a Japanese research team led by Tsunemi Kubodera succeeded taking pictures of a live giant squid. On December 22, 2006 the same team was successful in videotaping and capturing a 24 foot live giant squid. Unfortunately the squid died during capture.
Giant squid are estimated to be between 10 to 13 meters long.
Live Giant Squid
First giant squid videotaped live. Photo: AP Photo/Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum of Japan