Call it luck, co-incidence or fruits of hard work, a deep-sea expedition team managed to capture the rare visual of a giant squid in the waters of the United States of America for the first time. The moment, recorded in extreme darkness, is going viral now and the team of researchers is now basking in the glory of their achievement.
As per reports, the expedition was carried out by a 23-member team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 750 metres below the Gulf of Mexico, 100 miles southeast of New Orleans. They were researching the effects of light-deprivation on the deep-sea creatures in the ‘midnight zone.’ To succeed in their mission, the team used a special camera called Medusa. The camera is specially designed because of which its light goes unnoticed by the creatures. They also fitted a fake jellyfish to lure the squid into thinking it had got its meal.
The efforts paid off as the camera recorded the giant squid. In the 29-second video, one can see the creature, going from a small glimpse almost like a snake, before spreading its tentacles and arms, and growing in size in front of the camera, before vanishing into the darkness again.
The moment was captured after browsing through hours of footage. The team was not sure of what they witnessed and had to re-check with an expert. The expert confirmed that the creature was indeed the giant squid and it was estimated to be 10-12-feet long.
The NOAA Ocean Explorer exulted over their achievement on Twitter, “Big...or maybe we should say "giant" news! A few days ago, we posted about how Journey into Midnight expedition team was hunting for giant squid in Gulf of Mexico. Well, they found one...”
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