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'Bizarre' squid seen alive for the first time


Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2018 | Comment icon 7 comments

The squid was filmed swimming around upside-down. Image Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program
The NOAA's Okeanos Explorer vessel filmed this extraordinary cephalopod during a recent expedition.
Described by one marine biologist as "probably the most bizarre squid I've ever seen", the remarkable deep red squid was spotted by a submarine thousands of feet below the western Gulf of Mexico.

With its distinctive hue and strange, upside-down posture, the creature is certainly unusual.

"You get a lot of octopuses that are sitting on the ground and being adorable," said biologist Sarah McAnulty. "This one looks more like a vampire squid in color, but then it has this completely bizarre body pattern that just totally bowled me over. It almost looks like a nautilus in the way it's swimming."

It is thought that the squid could be Discoteuthis discus, a species that has never been seen alive before. Positively identifying it as such however has proven to be quite challenging.

"My first reaction was, 'What in the hell was that?'" said NOAA biologist Mike Vecchione. "It didn't look like any squid I had seen, until we started getting close and the animal started rotating around."


Source: National Geographic | Comments (7)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AstralHorus on 21 April, 2018, 16:36
thanks for sharing!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Vox on 22 April, 2018, 12:04
Amazing. †More of an effort has to be done to chart and catalogue our ocean floor. †Whilst itís welcome that the likes of Elon Musk are pushing the space race along, I canít wait to see a similar initiative/race to explore our ocean depths. †Imagine what wonders we can still uncover in our world. - Vox
Comment icon #3 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 22 April, 2018, 15:10
I wonder if that's its regular posture, or a reaction to the lights.
Comment icon #4 Posted by cathya on 22 April, 2018, 16:03
I think it's kind of pretty. Nice color, very graceful
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog on 22 April, 2018, 22:03
Wow,don'T know if they have some color changing abilities !
Comment icon #6 Posted by Grignr on 9 May, 2018, 12:09
Is it me or does it look like its disguising itself as a Nautilus or something similar? †
Comment icon #7 Posted by Katniss on 10 May, 2018, 20:00
That's so cool! Love it!


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