9.28.2005I'm sure this is everywhere on the internet right now, but let me indulge in my childhood imagination.
...this isn't science fiction. A set of extraordinary images captured by Japanese scientists marks the first-ever record of a live giant squid (Architeuthis) in the wild.
The animal-which measures roughly 25 feet (8 meters) long- was photographed 2,950 feet (900 meters) beneath the North Pacific Ocean. Japanese scientists attracted the squid toward cameras attached to a baited fishing line.
The scientists say they snapped more than 500 images of the massive cephalopod before it broke free after snagging itself on a hook. They also recovered one of the giant squid's two longest tentacles, which severed during its struggle.
edit: that leaves us 2/3rds of the way to the dream scenario: