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January 8th, 2013
08:41 AM ET

“The Search for the Giant Squid” Author Richard Ellis on giant squid captured on film for the first time: 'breakthrough for science and mythology'

This morning, “Early Start” brings you a story of mythical proportions. Captured on film in its natural habitat for the first time ever is the giant squid, found in the Pacific Ocean some 3,000 feet below the surface. This squid, shown in images from The Discovery Channel and Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK, is believed to be up to 26 feet long. An expert on the giant squid comes to the studio today with details. Richard Ellis is the author of “The Search for the Giant Squid” and Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

This giant squid is described by Ellis as “a very, very exaggerated version of the smaller squid.” The discovery is being considered something of a breakthrough for science and mythology because no one has ever seen a giant squid alive before. “People have been searching for them for hundreds of years, literally,” Ellis says. “For a long time, people didn't even think they existed.”

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