One of the most famous dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History depicts a battle between two gigantic animals: the sperm whale and giant squid. But unlike most dioramas in the Museum’s halls, this scene has never been witnessed. Paleontologists Neil Landman and John Flynn explain how we know that this encounter does happen–and whether we humans will ever catch it in real time.

The Squid and the Whale: Evidence for an Epic Encounter from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Next, watch more vids from AMNH. Plus: Sperm Whale Encounter with divers in The Caribbean, the world’s largest collection of whale bones, and Born Like Stars: An egg-brooding squid and its hatchlings.

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