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Everyone knows about the fabled Giant Squid from Jules Verne’s classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Well, be it fabled no more. Japanese scientists actually caught one by fishing for it with a baited line.

Using small squids and a bag of mashed shrimps, the team was able to lure a 26-foot long giant squid onto their hook. They were able to take pictures of it every 30 seconds for over 4 hours. Afterwards, the squid finally tore free by leaving behind an 18-foot tentacle.

These are the first photos ever of a giant squid in the wild.

Giant Squid 1

Giant Squid 2