Alien-like Squid filmed a mile and a half down in the sea

November 27, 2008

(ChattahBox) — In a brief video (below) obtained by National Geographic News, one of the rarely seen squid Magnapinna floats above the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico on November 11, 2007. The video was shot a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, by a remote control submersible’s camera and shows an alien-like, long-armed, and—strangest of all—”elbowed” Magnapinna squid.

The clip—from a Shell oil company ROV (remotely operated vehicle) arrived after a long, circuitous trip through oil-industry in-boxes and other email accounts. The video clip shows the screen of the ROV’s guidance monitor framed with pulsing inputs of time and positioning data. In a few seconds of jerky camerawork, the squid appears with its huge fins waving like elephant ears and its remarkable arms and tentacles trailing from elbow-like appendages. Despite the squid’s apparent unflappability on camera, Magnapinna, or “big fin,” squid remain largely a mystery to science.
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