Giant squid unveiled, thank to deep-sea tech

Since the dawn of underwater photography, researchers have been trying to capture the giant squid (Architeuthis) on film, but to no avail. Noisy, brightly lit submersibles kept the enormous creatures at bay. But now, smarter technology has enabled scientists — and the rest of the world — to finally glimpse giant squids in their natural habitats.

Edith Widder, an oceanographer specializing in bioluminescence, is the tech-savvy scientist who made this year’s Discovery Channel expedition to film the giant squid a success.

Widder’s research focuses on developing unobtrusive ways to observe underwater animals in their natural environments. She recently spoke at the TED 2013 Conference in Long Beach, Calif., where she explained how she and her fellow researchers were able to finally capture the elusive giant squid on film.

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