Giant Squid

Giant Squid

DVD - 2012
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Most wildlife documentaries focus on animal behavior, but Inside Nature's Giants goes inside the largest animals on the planet to explore their anatomy, reveal their intricate inner workings and uncover their evolutionary secrets. In this episode, veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg fly to New Zealand to join a team of experts dissecting a rare specimen of giant squid and a bizarre octopus that inhabits the ocean's 'midnight zone' over half a mile deep. From the moment they set eyes on these cephalopod cousins and their alien anatomy, the team is fascinated. Once thought to be the stuff of legend, it was only in the late 19th century that the Giant Squid, the largest invertebrate in the world, was first officially recorded by scientists. Now, thanks to the dissection, the team can piece together the puzzle of how Giant Squid hunt, how they jet through the water, how their quick-fire beak pulverizes food, why it has such enormous eyes, and the brutal truth about Giant Squid reproduction.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, c2012
ISBN: 9781608836536
1608836533
Branch Call Number: 594.5 G43d
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Jan 10, 2018

Directed by David Dugan in 2012, this 60-minute documentary delves into the anatomy of the giant squid---the largest invertebrate in the world.
Thanks to the dissection, the scientist team can piece together the puzzle of how giant squid hunt, how they jet through the water, how their quick-fire beak pulverizess food, and why it has such enormous eyes.
The team also explores the brutal truth about its reproduction.
It is an amazing and fascinating documentary.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 28, 2015

Yes. Indeed. The Giant Squid has got to be, without question, one of the absolute, most hideously fantastic, deep-sea creatures of them all.

With its elongated, "alien-like" head and its 30-foot tentacles, the Giant Squid certainly reigns supreme as one of the ocean's most ferocious predators of all.

But, with that all said - This marine-life documentary from PBS's "inside Nature's Giants" series spent way too much time, from my perspective, focused in on the actual, in-your-face dissection of this awesome monster, rather than it did showing the squid alive, as it existed in its natural, below-the-surface environment.

Yes. This intense, 50-minute squid dissection certainly had its merits for those interested in a total anatomy run-down. But, for me, seeing any animal dead and being cut into pieces (with every orifice being carefully opened) certainly wasn't my idea of entertainment in the realm of biology.

Anyway - You be the judge for yourself. You just might be more entertained than I was. But, believe me, a good part of this documentary was far from being a pleasant sight.

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dprodrig
Sep 18, 2013

Like HereHere said, a dissection is not the most exciting doc out there, but worth watching nevertheless. I love seeing the way they try to deduce from smaller species. And see the structures was pretty neat.

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HereHere
Jan 23, 2013

OK, let's be honest, the squid doesn't have the charisma of elephants and camels. That said, there are some interesting things about the squid (and octopus). In this anatomy film, you get to see the beak, the lens of the huge eye, how it changes its skin, and learn about its blue blood and three hearts. You also see how it hunts, which is not how you might expect. Furthermore, it is not the biggest cephalapod in the ocean. Some comments by the evolutionary specialist Richard Dawkins.

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