By now we've all seen the first footage captured of a giant squid, but for our part, we have yet to grow tired of it, because giant squids are amazing. With that in mind, we direct you to researcher Edith Widder's TED Talk about the expedition to film the squid for the first time, her role in it, and how she got involved in the project. Widder offers a wealth of valuable backstory and technical details on the project and the unmatched insight of one of the expedition's main scientists, along with candid camera video of researchers hollering like excited kids when they realize they've captured video of the squid at long last.
she blinded me with science
Edith Widder is an oceanographer and inventor who, as she explains in her TED talk, put together a camera rig designed to be as interesting and unthreatening to a giant squid as possible. And while hearing about her process and reasoning behind the rig that captured much of the first footage of living giant squid in their natural habitat is definitely interesting, I think the camera that captured the reaction of these scientists and biologists upon seeing the squid for the first time deserves special mention as well. (via Gizmodo.)