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Massive 'alien' squid captured on video


Posted on Wednesday, 20 November, 2013 | Comment icon 29 comments

Little is known about these mysterious undersea giants. Image Credit: YouTube / Shell
A huge 26ft long magnapinna squid has been filmed by Shell from one of its submersible vehicles.
Like a creature from an alien planet or the war machines from HG Wells' War of the Worlds, the bizarrely proportioned cephalopod is like nothing else on Earth. Floating through the inky darkness, the creature looks like it's walking along on 26ft stilts.

Not a lot is known about these enigmatic animals. The first specimen was encountered off the coast of Brazil in 1988 by the submersible Nautile and there have been only a select few sightings since then during other deep sea expeditions.

Scientists believe that the squid either feed by dragging their massive tentacles along the seafloor or by trapping unsuspecting prey that tries to swim through them.


Source: Deep Sea News | Comments (29)

Tags: Squid, Magnapinna


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by Chooky88 on 22 November, 2013, 13:36
Awesome. Love the stiff first part of the tentacles, evolved into a squid but devolved I to feeding like a jellyfish.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Champagne Supernova on 24 November, 2013, 9:22
November 11th 2007? We're getting this 7 years later? Eh.... 6?
Comment icon #22 Posted by psyche101 on 27 November, 2013, 9:23
I'm telling you guys,this is the start of something. First, they'll find things washed up on shore with human AND squid DNA. Next thing you know, it's a Squidulon/Octoid uprising. Keep calling me crazy. At least I, for one, will welcome our new cephalopodian overlords. Good to know servant.
Comment icon #23 Posted by TopToffee on 27 November, 2013, 9:36
I got mugged by squid once(not actually mugged).Someone told me it was a breaded onion ring.Was not a very pleasant experience.
Comment icon #24 Posted by LimeGelatin on 3 December, 2013, 17:19
The nephilim... -LoLzzz
Comment icon #25 Posted by Rafterman on 3 December, 2013, 18:11
And yet still no clear photos of a several hundred pound hominid who allegedly roams the entire of North America.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 4 December, 2013, 0:35
And yet still no clear photos of a several hundred pound hominid who allegedly roams the entire of North America. I thought this one is pretty clear (in more ways then one).
Comment icon #27 Posted by ProductofSin on 4 December, 2013, 11:41
Both fascinating & creepy.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Rafterman on 4 December, 2013, 15:20
I thought this one is pretty clear (in more ways then one). Pareidolia
Comment icon #29 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 4 December, 2013, 16:58
So big oil companies have submersible vehicles that can travel 7000+ ft underwater? They have cameras that deep, that stay there. Theyre all over the Gulf, as far as I know. I assume they are other places.


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