The Amazing Squid

The Amazing Squid

Video. Photographer Brian Skerry risks life and limb for portraits of terrifying and alluring squid.

Grades

3 - 12+

Subjects

Arts and Music, Photography

Program
NG Live

This video was filmed on November 14, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Introduction

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in underwater and marine-related subjects and stories. Since 1998 Skerry has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, covering a wide range of assignments.

Outline

  • Squid biology: life span and skin as a communication device (start-01:19 min.)
  • Photographing a squid aggregation (01:20-02:07 min.)
  • Photographing Humboldt squid (02:08-03:07 min.)


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Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
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Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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