Marine biologists call this borg-like organism the unicorn of the sea

Large portions of the internet think the narwhal is the unicorn of the sea. Large portions of the internet are wrong. That title clearly belongs to the pyrosome, pictured here. As is often the case with legendary animals, images of giant pyrosomes tend to be low-resolution. But unlike Bigfoot or Nessie, pyrosomes are… » 8/01/13 9:00am 8/01/13 9:00am

The incredible story of how scientists finally found a giant squid

Edith Widder was one of the marine biologists who, last year, successfully filmed a giant squid living in its natural habitat. In this captivating TED Talk, Widder recounts details of the expedition (all 400+ hours of it), squid summits, and optical luring — a key insight that made it possible to film this deep-sea… » 3/05/13 2:20pm 3/05/13 2:20pm

Watch the first-ever footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat

For the first time ever, researchers have captured video of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. The complete footage won't air until later this month, but the video up top gives us a tentacular taste of things to come. » 1/11/13 6:40am 1/11/13 6:40am

Researchers have captured the first-ever video footage of a live giant …

It is the wellspring of such mythical monsters as the the Kraken, but the giant squid Architeuthis is the real deal. Carcasses of the massive cephalopods have been found washed ashore all over the world, but now, for the first time in history, scientists have captured footage of the beastie thousands of feet below the… » 1/08/13 8:40am 1/08/13 8:40am

Watch intrepid scientists wrestle the biggest Burmese python ever…

The US Geological Survey (USGS) is full of extremely adventurous scientists. They walk around on volcanoes, hunt down giant mud slides, and — who knew? — wrestle with pythons in the Florida Everglades. USGS communications coordinator Ben Young Landis just emailed io9 to tell us all about this enormous snake: » 8/14/12 4:24pm 8/14/12 4:24pm