The giant squid, with its teeth-lined suckers, tends to keep out of the public eye with its stealth-like abilities. Kubodera has some 2006 video footage that was shot from a boat after a giant squid was caught and brought to the surface.
In 2012, the squid specialist decided to team up with Japan’s public broadcaster and the Discovery Channel to find, track and film the creature in its natural habitat.
The team collected more than 400 hours of footage in their 100 missions in order to finally film the creature — in the same area as Kubodera 2006 sighting, located about 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.
"All attempts were in vain before,” said Kubodera. “With this footage we hope to discover more about the life of the species.”