The Kraken Lives: Scientists Capture First Film Footage of a Giant Squid

Hot on the heels of North Korea’s discovery of a unicorn den comes exciting news for fans of Norse lore: The kraken, the heretofore mythical beast capable of swallowing men and boats whole, was filmed by Edie Widder and her team, providing the world with its first extensive glimpse of the creature.

In order to capture the footage, Widder’s team developed what they called an ‘e-jellyfish,’ a bioluminescent lure to attract the squid’s attention. Unlike smaller squid that are usually reddish or brown in color, the giant squid has a silver and gold body that Widder described as appearing to be carved from metal.