The giant squid is one of the more mythical type sea creatures that actually exists, even if evidence of them is quite sparse. Every now and then some specimens wash up on a beach or a dead one is found adrift, but only on the rarest of occasions have we seen one alive.
The first time this happened was over six years ago, in Japanese waters, using a very creative glowing jellyfish robot as bioluminescent bait. Now researchers using the same robo-jelly have succeeded in luring a giant jellyfish within sights of their video camera, this time in U.S. ocean waters.
The new video is a tantalizing look at an actual living giant squid, and the cautious behavior it exhibits while approaching the robo-jelly lure. The fact that a giant squid was now attracted to the bioluminescent bait for a second time strongly hints that this technique could actually work to help us encounter even more of these giant deep sea invertebrates and learn more about them in the flesh.