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Help us name the Kraken

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    Footage captured by NHK and Discovery Channel in July 2012 shows a giant squid in the sea's depths.NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel

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    Footage captured by NHK and Discovery Channel in July 2012 shows a giant squid in the sea near Chichi island.NHK/NEP/Discovery Channel

The elusive giant squid, which can grow to a monstrous 26 feet in length and is likely the source of the Nordic legend of the kraken, has been captured on film at last.

The creature spends its days trawling the depths of the Pacific Ocean, at a depth where there is little oxygen or light and crushing pressure from the immense weight of the water above. It was spied by Japan’s National Science Museum, working in tandem with Japanese broadcaster NHK and the Discovery Channel. The first recorded footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat will air on the Discovery Channel as “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real,” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10PM EST.

But every creature needs a good name. What should we call the tentacled terror?