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Extremely rare deep sea squid caught on film


Posted on Monday, 7 December, 2015 | Comment icon 8 comments

The enigmatic creature was filmed traversing the ocean's depths. Image Credit: NOAA
Researchers have captured footage of a mysterious species of deep sea cephalopod off the coast of Hawaii.
There is so much we don't know about the ocean's depths that we actually have a more complete picture of the surface of Mars than we do of the animals living at the bottom of the sea.

This latest video, which was recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows a rare species of cephalopod known as the whiplash squid gliding through the depths.

The animal, which has rarely been seen alive, is able to propel itself at considerable speeds by drawing water in through its pair of peculiar red 'lips' and then ejecting it.


Source: AOL News | Comments (8)

Tags: Whiplash Squid, Hawaii, Ocean

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 7 December, 2015, 18:57
Very nice! You know, sea life has always fascinated me, though I don't know much about it beyond the average person. And new discoveries or new observations of known creatures, especially in deep sea environments is of particular interest to me.
Comment icon #2 Posted by BeastieRunner on 7 December, 2015, 19:00
I wish we would put just as much into a deep sea program as we do space (and I love all the recent scientific discoveries in space, too!) ... makes you wonder what we would find.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 7 December, 2015, 19:45
The article states that the squid species in question has an organ that can emit a bright burst of light... presumably to stun prey. Amazing. Tried to see if that was on the vid. Wonder if some other vid shows that.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 7 December, 2015, 20:46
Very nice! You know, sea life has always fascinated me, though I don't know much about it beyond the average person. And new discoveries or new observations of known creatures, especially in deep sea environments is of particular interest to me. Deep sea life is particularly impressive because it's so alien to anything on land, or in the shallow seas for that matter.
Comment icon #5 Posted by AustinHinton on 8 December, 2015, 1:38
The article states that the squid species in question has an organ that can emit a bright burst of light... presumably to stun prey. Amazing. Tried to see if that was on the vid. Wonder if some other vid shows that. Some species of smaller squids can shoot out a "packet" of luminous ink, this "packet" catches the attention of a predator, and while the predator is preoccupied with the "packet", the squid can make its escape.
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 8 December, 2015, 5:37
This is really cool,who know what lurks deep in the ocean
Comment icon #7 Posted by shoeprano27 on 8 December, 2015, 17:02
as of today, correct me if im wrong, but we have only explored about 20% of ocean life. imagine that!?
Comment icon #8 Posted by gubloid13 on 28 December, 2015, 9:47
I love thinking about how vast the ocean is and how much we have left to explore. It keeps the wonder alive, you know? I mean, it's also a little unnerving, but it's exciting.


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