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Giant squid filmed in the Gulf of Mexico

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2019 · Comment icon 6 comments



Giant squid are extremely elusive. Image Credit: YouTube / oceanexplorergov
Scientists have captured footage of a huge cephalopod emerging from the gloom 750m below the surface.
One of the largest and most elusive denizens of the deep, the giant squid, which can grow up to a whopping 43ft long, is usually only seen when dead specimens wash up on beaches.

This one however - the first ever to be spotted off the coast of the United States - was filmed very much alive thanks to a special camera capable of withstanding the intense pressures of the deep.
The footage, which can be viewed below, shows the squid emerging from the darkness, examining the lure with its tentacles and then disappearing again a few seconds later.

The video was shot at a depth of 750 meters approximately 160 kilometers from New Orleans as part of a project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.



Source: The Weather Channel | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem 4 years ago
Scary how it just emerges, out of the darkness..
Comment icon #2 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Crazy how much life is below the suface & above.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Impedancer 4 years ago
Theycan grow as large as a big bus luckely they live in the depthsofthe ocean.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
That is beautifully creepy!
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Now I know why I don't go in the ocean. It's beautiful from a distance.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
nice and creepy!


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