How little we know


I had a chance to speak with Eric (who's currently in Antarctica) over the weekend through G+. He had just got back from the field. They had spent the day tagging Orcas with homing devices, which, obviously, is quite an experience. The first thing he told me wasn't about the helicopter ride to the edge of the ice shelf, or the cross bow-like devices they use to tag the orcas, but how his trip has shown him how little we actually know about the ocean.

On the greatest adventure of his life, and he can't stop talking about how much left there is to explore.

And now this morning I learn about the first video of a Giant Squid in its natural habitat. One of the largest creatures in the ocean, being caught on tape for the first time ever. Oh, how little we know.

From the Daily Mail...

Giant squid are the stuff of fiction but the monsters of the deep have at last been filmed in their natural habitat.

Thought to be the inspiration for the mythical Kraken which was reputed to drag ships and sailors to their doom, the giant squid has long fascinated naturalists and story-tellers.

A Japanese film crew has now managed to film the animal at a depth of a third of a mile beneath the waves, the first time it has been videoed in the deep water it inhabits.

Footage of the giant squid was captured when a three-man submersible team descended to a depth of 2,066 feet (630 metres) in the northern Pacific Ocean.

The crew spent 400 hours in the submersible and carried out 100 missions in a project to film the giant squid, the world’s largest invertebrate.

Once they located the animal, which was 10-feet long (3 metres), they were able to follow it down to 900m where it vanished into an ocean abyss.