How we found the giant squid | Edith Widder

Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight — and the teamwork — that helped to capture the squid on camera for the first time.

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  1. Ahh try looking up the long legged squid our shell dive capsule has lots of live clips of it in the Gulf of Mexico. Cool yet scary. Not to.mention the walking white puppy in the gulf of Mexico's floor
    Just look it up on you tube ……

  2. Giant Squid is a myth. Sasquatch is a myth. Atlantis is a myth. Gulf of Tonkin is a conspiracy. 3rd tower on 9-11 conspiracy. Weapons of mass destruction conspiracy. Man has lived and died many times over mythical conspiracy. Sumerian kings lived for thousands of years myth. Something much bigger than natives collecting gold and making clay pots was happening on the earth myth. Anything contradicting Mainstream science myth. Everything we know today myth.

  3. Damn this was breathtaking. A two freakin story building? Damn that is huge. At this point, anything is possible when it comes to life in the ocean.

  4. I think comparing sea exploration with space exploration is a bit biased and unnecessary. If it's a matter of money, sure, we can see the difference very clearly. But both are doing good work and doing it as best as they can… And personally I appreciate that very much.

  5. am i the only person who feel that squid is not that big ? 2 stories house? well sorry, i cant see it. lets compare the size of the ball to human and compare it to that squid.and compare the squid jig to the giant squid. i really feel its not that BIG

  6. Sea animals move in the ocean just like birds in the atmosphere. They breathe it, they move in it with fins for wings, and they even get to move and find food easier than in air, because water is much more dense. It's a no-brainer that the oceans are multitudes more rich of life than what's above sea level. Our challenge is only in accessing it.

  7. No telling how huge these sea creature's can get. We need to fund deep sea exploration instead of the space program. Imagine what we will find,….sources of food, unknown species of life etc, but we'll never know because we prefer searching outside our atmosphere.

  8. Great footage. Though I find her conclusion horribly anthropocentric, suggesting we can make a profit out of our discoveries of the deep sea. Can't we just do non-intrusive research for the mere sake of expanding our knowlege and feeding our fascination of animals and their (unexplored) environment? 

    Ah well. It's been 6 years since this video. Times have changed. Perhaps she'd end differently if she'd give this talk today. I still believe in tiny miracles. 😉

  9. Why is it that she is so attractive and so smart but because she’s a woman…and AS a female MYSELF, all I can think about is how much I hate her shoes with THAT outfit ?!

  10. Skip. Lame humor from and bad shoes worn by a narcissist. Count the number of times Dr. Widder says, "I," "me," and "my." P.S.Tsunemi Kubodera (National Science Museum of Japan) and Kyoichi Mori (Ogasawara Whale Watching Association) took the first photos of Architeuthis in September 2004. But catching one on film is worthy of a Nobel Prize, at the very least, because humanity has been changed forever. P.S. TED talks are just the bestest! Not.

  11. What about all the dead one's that have washed up on shore over the years. I've seen pictures of them. It's funny how the people who really find stuff never get credit. The mistake they all make is showing a scientist. Because they rush in tell each other great job , name it and forget about the person who discover it.

  12. I fully support the idea of a NASA-like organization for deep sea exploration, however, as far as the budget, NASA's will always be bigger. It's so incredibly expensive to design and build equipment and to send that equipment and people (even though we buy tickets to take the Russian-built Soyuz rockets in sending our astronauts to the ISS) to space on other incredibly expensive equipment. Space exploration will forever be more costly over sea exploration.

  13. Scientist: Come explore the ocean, there is economic and biological benefits!
    Explorers: Okay!
    Scientist: Why are you exploring the ocean? You're ruining the ocean and natural habitats! Your exploiting these species!

  14. As much as I like space exploration, I have said for decades that we need to know more about the ocean. I have always had a hunch that many benefits, like medical cures exist right here on our own planet if we can just find them.

  15. Such an awful shrill voice. An American education obviously does not include elocution lessons. If you are going to be making speeches then at least train for them.

  16. Thank God for those species is hard for is to get there! Seems wherever we go as humans on thod earth we only destroy and upset natural balances! Stay away from us Kraken we are the true monsters

  17. Dr. Widder came to give a lecture at my university recently. At some point she had the stage lights turned down while she held up a jar full of plankton. She gave it a shake and the jar lit up bright blue! It was such a privilege to get to learn from her firsthand 💕


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