In the dark waters of 759 meters under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico comes a thin, undulating hand.
Suddenly it is divided and what is a lonely, curious appendage is a twirling bouquet of tentacles, until, finally, from the darkness and the attacks, a giant squid of honest gods blooms
Then the beast disappears back into the depth so suddenly when it appears.
For the first time a living giant squid was filmed in American waters. The video was filmed by a team of expedition researchers funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who studied the impact of the light of deprivation of deep-sea creatures living in the midnight zone, 3,280 feet (1000 meters) below the surface. To bring the historical image of the world, the crew of 23 had to use a specialized probe, to be lucky enough to attract an elusive squid into the camera and find it among the hours and [1
Edith Wither, one of the leaders of the expedition, describes the test as "one of the most incredible days in the sea I've ever had".
Speaking Sunday at the port where the Point Point Survey had just stood two weeks later at sea, Widder, the founder of the Association for the Study and Conservation of the Ocean, told about the dramatic events surrounding the discovery
] Scientists have used a specialized camera system developed by Wieder, called Medusa, which uses red light that can not be found for deep-sea creatures and has allowed scientists to discover species and observe elusive ones.
The probe is equipped with a fake jellyfish imitating the invertebrate bioluminescent shield mechanism that can signal to larger predators that feeding may be nearby to attract squid and other animals into the camera.
By days to the end of the two-week expedition, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans, a giant squid grabbed the bait. Robinson, director of the Institute of Cape Ellura, came in. "His eyes just came out of his head," Widder said. "He did not even say anything, and I immediately realized that he had seen something unbelievable in the video." We all screamed and other people started entering the lab and trying not to be excited. In science you have to be careful not to be fooled, "she said.
But it was hard not to be excited about what they saw in the video, but it looked like a giant squid, but the storm.
Then, as things were not dramatic enough, the ship was hit by lightning.
Withering heard a strong boom and ran out to see Decks of yellow and brown smoke were scattered on the deck, who were immediately afraid of the computers that wore the precious material. "We rushed to the lab to make sure the most amazing video we've ever seen is still good as it was," Withermore remembered.
A few hours later, she said, their captain informed them that a water spout forming a meteorological form similar to a tornado was formed nearby.
But, after all, everything was fine: Michael Vecchion, zoologist at the NOAA National Center. The Systematics Laboratory was able to confirm remotely that they really shot the images of an elusive giant squid. According to the researchers, it was at least 3 to 3.7 meters (10 to 12 feet) long.
Even without lightning and open tornado, shooting a giant squid in its natural environment is extremely difficult – so difficult, in fact, that no one has managed to do so until 2012 when Withernd and her and her colleagues went on a mission The Japanese coast used "Medusa" to capture the first videos of giant squid in their house in the deep sea.
In 2004, Japanese scientists managed to make the first photos of a giant squid and gather some of the tentacles of a live animal. But historically, many of the teachings that scientists knew of giant squid come from dead specimens that have been washed off the shore or have been discovered by the stomach belly, Smithsonian Magazine . characteristics, and elusive behavior have earned giant squid is a legendary status among marine life.
"He has eight writhing hands and two slashing tentacles," Widder said.
"It is the greatest eye of every animal we know, He has a beak that can tear flesh, he has a reactive propulsion system that can go back and forth, blue blood and three hearts. an incredible, incredible form of life that we know little about. "
Squid served as the basis for the legendary Kraken, and his reputation as a monster was backed by Jules Verne Twenty thousand leagues under the sea as well as Herman Melville Moby Dick which perhaps contains the best description of his place in public
"Now we have been looking at the most wonderful phenomenon that the secret seas have so far revealed to mankind: a vast pulp, a mass of length and breadth, cream-colored, lay on the water, countless long hands radiating from its center and shrinking like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly catching an unfortunate object nearby There was no visible face or face in front, no sign of sensation or instinct; but corrugated there, in the sky, in an unearthly, formless, casual-like life. Whatever the superstitions that sperm trucks are generally related to in view of this object, it is certain that it is such an unusual sight that this circumstance has gone far enough to invest it with determination. It is so rare to see that although everyone and everybody announce it as the greatest animated thing in the ocean, though very few of them have some vague ideas about its true nature and form. "
Technology has allowed scientists to better see the giant squid of the doctrinal souls of Peudud, the dramatic circumstances of this new discovery feel decent, given the mythical line of creation. Withering and his colleagues, including Robinson and Sonke Jonsen Professor of Biology at Duke University, hope that discoveries like them will continue to capture public imagination and help support ocean research.
"What they once were afraid of monsters are now curious and magnificent beings who enjoy it," and Widder wrote on the blog of the NOAA expedition.
"We love to feel that science and research have led to this change, making the world less scary and more astonishing with each new
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