Japanese scientists have taken the first photos of the elusive and endangered giant squid, which lives over a mile down in the ocean. Researchers have rarely glimpsed the giant squid in the ocean, but they know it exists because they have seen dead squid washed up on beaches or caught in nets. Scars from its tentacles are sometimes burned into the flanks of beached whales.

The photos of the squid suggest that it’s more active that scientists thought. The Japanese scientists spotted the creature, which can grow as large as 40 feet, by following sperm whales, which hunt the giant squid. There are legends that these squids come to the surface and drag down ships, but this may only be a legend. They do come up to around 1,000 feet from the surface at night.

To see photos of the giant squid, click here.

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