Researchers film giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico

by    DiveSSI    1st July 2019
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Screenshot Video: Giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico
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Screenshot Video: Giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico
R/V Point Sur, heading home. Photo by Dante Fenolio.
he research vessel "R / V Point Sur", (c) NOAA / Dante Fenolio
Left to right  Nathan Robinson, Sonke Johnsen, Tracey Sutton, Captain of the Pt Sur- Nick Allen, Edie Widder and Megan McCall gather around to watch the squid video.
From left to right: Nathan Robinson, Sonke Johnsen, Tracey Sutton, Nick Allen, Edie Aries and Megan McCall gather to watch the Giant Squid video, (c) NOAA / Dante Fenolio
Photo of the water spout as seen from R/V Point Sur. Image courtesy of Joshua Bierbaum.
The waterspout on portside of the vessel, (c) NOAA / Joshua Bierbaum

Spectacular footage from 760 meters depth

Rare shots were made by researchers in the Gulf of Mexico. They managed to get a living giant squid of the kind Architeuthis dux, which was first filmed in 2005, in front of the camera in its natural habitat.

Members of an expedition of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the recordings about 160 kilometres southeast of New Orleans. The researchers have lured the animal with bait. The video shows how the animal approaches, examines the bait and quickly disappears back into the dark depths.

The now filmed specimen of the giant squid is, according to the biologists, probably a young animal with a size of three to four meters. Adult giant squid can reach a size of up to five meters.

The current video was created under dramatic circumstances. As if the encounter with one of the most mysterious and legendary animals of the deep sea could not be without consequences: After the recordings were in the can, a storm arose, a lightning struck the research ship and on portside a waterspout appeared...


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1st July 2019
admin on Oct 28th 2019
Hello, the squids probably have always been there. You have to imagine the immense size of the deep-sea … it is no surprise that encounters with those squids are so rare.
Ron Howard on Jul 16th 2019
Awesome job folks! I grew up near there and this is the first time that I've ever heard of something like this! Have they always been in the Gulf of Mexico or is this a new pattern? Still, an awesome job! Ron H

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