It has come to my attention that Japanese heroes have actual film of an awesome, live giant squid swimming around being huge and amazing. From Phys.Org:

 Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever. Japan’s National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature at a depth of more than half a kilometre (a third of a mile) after teaming up with Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the US Discovery Channel. The massive invertebrate is the stuff of legend, with sightings of a huge ocean-dwelling beast reported by sailors for centuries. The creature is thought to be the genesis of the Nordic legend of Kraken, a sea monster believed to have attacked ships in waters off Scandinavia over the last millennium.

Okay then. And there’s photos.


Look for Monster Squid on Discovery Channel on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:00. And now please excuse me while


omg omg omg omg omg omg omg


Alas, Jezebel’s Lindy West, whose article alerted me to this tentacled awesomeness, does not share my squee.