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By KARINA ABADIA
Intrepid journey: Severine Hannam says being one of the first people to see live images
of a giant squid was thrilling.
Photo: KARINA ABADIA
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Test of patience: Dr Steve O'Shea waits in the
submarine for a giant squid. On the right is a large
syringe full of ''giant squid shake''.
Severine Hannam equ-
ates being part of an
expedition to capture the
first footage of a giant
squid in its natural
environment to climbing
I was speechless. I
didn't know what to say.
It takes so long to pre-
pare and you don't know
if you are actually going
to reach your goal.''
Auckland War Mem-
orial Museum's collec-
tion manager says very
little is known about the
giant squid except that
it's a very tasty morsel to
a sperm whale, which
makes it an important
part of the food chain.
There are lots of
theories about the huge
sea creature, but they're
based on observations of
shallow water squid.
Scientists still don't
know how long a giant
squid lives, how big it
can grow or how it rep-
The aim of the
expedition was to film a
giant squid for a joint
broadcaster NHK and
the Discovery Channel.
It will premiere on
SKY TV's Animal Planet
on September 2.
Mrs Hannam was
invited to join the
expedition by her AUT
It's not the first time
they have teamed up in
search of a giant squid.
In 2011 they were part of
a group which spent a
month on the Sea of Cor-
tes in Mexico. That trip
This time they spent
40 days at sea in mid-
2012 with two other
another research assist-
ant and film crews.
They were stationed
off Japan's Bonin
Islands, where several
giant squid have been
caught by fishermen in
Each scientist had
their own ideas about
how to lure the creature.
Dr O'Shea's method
involved mincing 200
kilograms of giant squid.
It was Mrs Hannam's job
to prepare the stinky
The squid meat was
easy to come by. Dr
O'Shea has a freezer full
of it. When giant squid
wash up dead on New
Zealand's shores people
often send them to him
for his research.
The squid shake'' was
designed to give off
pheromones that would
hopefully attract a male
It turns out the shake
wasn't the way to go, but
the team spotted squid
anyway. The scientists
spent up to six hours a
day in submarines and
separate sightings of two
squid were made about
600 metres below the
Mrs Hannam says it
was partly a case of
being in the right place
at the right time.
The giant squid has
been chased around the
world by scientists for
many years. The reason
it hasn't been found is
they live in water that is
so deep and so dark that
you don't come across
them all the time.''
Being in the submar-
ine was an unforgettable
experience, she says.
It was like being in a
fishbowl. You can see
under your feet and
above your head.''
She was one of the
first to see footage of the
When they are alive
they have the ability to
change the colour of
their skin. As you watch
it you see it change from
a reddish brown colour
to gold. It's amazing.''
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