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  • Season 32
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 2: Legends of the Deep: Giant Squid

Summary

Although the giant squid is part of many legends and stories connected to the sea, a living specimen has never been seen. This documentary follows a team of 50 scientists, engineers and film-makers exploring the waters around Japan's Ogasawara Islands, deploying underwater robots and state-of-the-art submersible vessels to try to find and film one of these elusive creatures.

Review

Narrating this Natural World special, David Attenborough describes the giant squid (eight arms, two long feeding tentacles, eyes the size of footballs) as “one of the earth’s great enigmas,” and “the holy grail of wildlife film-making”. There have been photographs but before this programme no footage had been filmed of a live individual in its natural habitat – in this case, half a kilometre under the sea, off Japan.

The images when they come are worth the build-up – you can see why so much myth and mystery has built up around a beast that is equal parts sci-fi monster and rippling, golden-sheened beauty.

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Executive producerChris Cole
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