"This is further proof we've been exploring the oceans the wrong way," says Widder. Clyde Roper of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a veteran of multiple giant squid hunts himself, says that Widder's focus on bioluminescence makes sense, especially considering that the giant squid has the largest eyes of any known animal. "Why else would they have such huge eyes? To me it's undeniably because they are using them to pick up bioluminescence," he says. He agrees that the eJelly was almost certainly the key to the success. "I think that was critical to the whole scene."
Discovery Channel's "Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real" premieres on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Mark Schrope is a freelance writer in Melbourne, Fla., who covers science, medicine, technology, travel, and adventure. His work has taken him on a flight into the eye of a hurricane, and by submersible to the seafloor 1,700 feet deep.