And now it's dead. Reuters reported yesterday that Japanese scientists released a video showing a relatively small giant squid (3.5 meters or 11 feet 6 inches for those of metric-challenged) being reeled in. It's the largest ever captured on video and apparently, the largest caught alive.
The team leader of the scientific research team, Tsunemi Kubodera is quoted as saying, "Nobody has ever seen a live giant squid except fishermen."
Well guess what? No one else is going to see this giant squid alive because now it's dead in the name of research (but can you imagine the calamari?)
Do we really need to kill things in order to understand how they live? Wouldn't more value come from studying behaviour than dissection?