Earlier this year, scientists announced they'd finally captured video footage of Architeuthis—or kraken, or just the giant squid if you prefer. In this video, Edith Widder, once of the scientists responsible for the discovery, explains how she and her team did it.

It's a story of advanced technology, deep understanding of biology, masses of enthusiasm—and just a teeny bit of luck. Regardless, it's an amazing and inspiring story. [TED]