Japanese researchers have filmed the elusive giant squid in its natural deep-sea habitat for the first time.
The three-metre long ocean giant, which has long inspired monstrous tales of sea-faring horror, was captured drifting 2,000ft below the Pacific's surface, 620 miles south of Japan.
A team from Japan's Natural Science Museum, funded by the Discovery Channel, spent 400 hours tracking the squid in a submarine last July.
Japanese zoologist Tsunemi Kubodera said: "Many people have tried to capture an image of a giant squid alive in its natural habitat..but they all failed.
"These are the first ever images of a real live giant squid."
The creatures are naturally solitary animals.
Kubodera said: "When I saw it, well it looked to me like it was rather lonely."
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