See a Sperm Whale Hunt a Giant Squid In First Person View

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 26, 2023
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What we know about what fills the world’s oceans is largely dedicated to scientists, researchers, and wildlife enthusiasts who dedicate their lives to studying it with amazing technology and going where no man has gone before, for lack of a better phrase.

Sperm Whale Sighting in Florida

This next YouTube video posted below takes us to Florida, where we see a sperm whale hunting a giant squid. This video was uploaded by the Symbio Channel, which has gathered more than 198,000 views on this video alone. They share a short description of what happened in the video below. 

“Amazing Sperm Whale Cam footage reveals never-before-seen feeding behavior – 1000 meters below.  Could it be the Giant Squid? A team from Florida International University deployed several high-tech cameras on Sperm Whales, allowing us to experience amazing new behavior of the planet’s largest predator.”

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This team shares that The Total Foundation partially sponsored this research. 

Sperm Whale Vs. Giant Squid

Sperm Whale

Sperm whales can swim over 20 miles per hour.


At the start of this video posted below, we see a team of wildlife enthusiasts who are out on the water to study sperm whales. They are there to study their behavior, mannerisms, and eating habits. At 20 seconds, we see a few of these guys on a boat, and one of them has a long poll. In the next second, at 21 seconds, we see they share that “a suction cup attaches the camera to the whale.” 

They get it attached, and we see the sperm whale dive down deep. He is quickly joined by other sperm whales. They are highly social animals, according to this footage. 

Suddenly, we see something unexpected at 1:11. They pause the frame and circle what appears to be a large tentacle inside the whale’s mouth. They assume that this just might be a giant squid!

Are Sperm Whales Friendly to Humans?

Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) of the genus Physeter are large whales. They can weigh up to 45 tons (90,000 pounds). Not only their enormous weight, but they can also reach up to 59 feet in length. With a size that large, it is difficult to imagine any human would want to get close enough to find out if they are friendly.

However, they are sociable animals that are curious about people and other animals. According to the American Oceans, “Sperm whales are generally not aggressive towards humans, and there are no known cases of them attacking people unprovoked.” 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Martin Prochazkacz/

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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