What do you say when you want a kraken to release something?
In the recent video above, Russian sailors videotape a colossal squid tearing into one of their catches before lazily returning to the deep. What’s Russian for “Holy crap we caught a kraken”?
First documented from the stomach contents of a sperm whale in 1925 (sperm whales appear to be the main predator of both colossal and giant squids), the colossal squid is so named for its mass, not its length. Indeed, the colossal squid is thought to be the Earth’s largest cephalopod, the group that includes squid, octopuses (yes, that’s the proper term), and cuttlefish. Its more famous relative, the giant squid, is indeed longer, but not heavier.
Though the mysterious colossal squid has never been seen living or feeding in its natural habitat thousands of meters below frigid Antarctic waters, it appears to be relatively abundant based on how important the animals are to the diets of sperm whales (up to 77% of male whale diet) and sleeper sharks.
And despite other reports, this is not the first time we’ve come face to soccer ball-sized eye with the colossal squid. In fact, you can watch scientists crack open a marvelously intact kraken right here.