Deep-sea biologist Edith Widder shines a light on the mysterious giant squid, which she helped capture on film in its natural habitat for the first time.
Edith WidderBiologist; deep-sea explorer; co-founder, CEO, and senior scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA).
Edith Widder is a biologist and deep-sea explorer who, in 2012, helped capture the very first footage of a giant squid alive in its natural habitat. A specialist in bioluminescence (the light chemically produced by many ocean organisms), Edith has been a leader in designing and inventing equipment to enable unobtrusive deep-sea observations. She co-founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) in 2005, and, in 2006, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2006. Edith's research involving submersibles has been featured in BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and National Geographic television productions.