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Release the Kraken: Elusive Giant Squid Captured on Video

Holy crap.

Using lights invisible to squid, bioluminescent lures, and “secret squid attractants,” researchers have finally grasped the Holy Grail of deep-sea film making: video of the elusive giant squid.

The giant squid was finally recorded on film off the coast of the remote Ogasawara Island, located about 600 miles south of Japan.

The giant squid, with razor-toothed suckers and eyes the size of dinner plates, has been the subject of mythology since ancient times. The Norse legend of the sea monster the Kraken, and the Greek myth of the Scylla may have derived from the giant squid.

The footage will air as part the Discovery Channel’s show Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, which premieres January 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. You can see the very cool sneak preview here. The Discovery Channel combined forces with the Japanese channel NHK for the production.

The Kraken is also the subject of an internet meme, “Release the Kraken,” derived from a particularly memorable line boomed by Liam Neeson as Zeus in Clash of the Titans. Most of the versions of this meme involve releasing adorable animals instead of a giant squid. Here are ten of my favorites!

  • Release the adorable Kraken. 1 of 10
    Release the adorable Kraken.
    I think they're just snuggling.

    (Photo Credit: Eric Smith Rocks)
  • The Kraken will give you diabeetus. 2 of 10
    The Kraken will give you diabeetus.
    This is one of the first images to come out of this meme, and definitely one of my faves.

    (Photo Credit: Urlesque)
  • We use Miralax for that. 3 of 10
    We use Miralax for that.
    In case you want to meme-ify your toilet, here you go.

    (Available on Etsy, $14.99)
  • Baby Kraken. 4 of 10
    Baby Kraken.
    Lone member of the Itty-Bitty Kraken Committee.

    (Photo Credit: Funny Junk)
  • Release the Kraken! 5 of 10
    Release the Kraken!
    But you might want to trim those claws first. They can be sharp.

    (Photo Credit: Know Your Meme)
  • Release the Kraken! 6 of 10
    Release the Kraken!
    Maybe with a side of melted butter.

    (Photo Credit: Crazy Funny Daily)
  • Release the delicious Kraken! 7 of 10
    Release the delicious Kraken!

    (Photo Credit: Akai Sohma/Know Your Meme)
  • Release the wee Kraken! 8 of 10
    Release the wee Kraken!
    Actually, I think this little guy might just be asking for a hug.

    (Photo Credit: I Love Funny Pics)
  • Release the Kraker! 9 of 10
    Release the Kraker!
    Cats like graham crackers? Really?

    (Photo Credit: lennytafro/Urlesque)
  • Release the Kraken! For real this time! 10 of 10
    Release the Kraken! For real this time!
    Uh, actually, let's just leave it where it is. It doesn't seem like a good idea to annoy the Kraken.

    (Photo Credit: Discovery Channel)

Read more from Joslyn on Babble and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow Joslyn on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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(Photo Credit: NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel)

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