In the dark waters of 759 meters beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a dark, undulating hand emerges from the darkness.
Suddenly, it separates itself and what is a lonely, curious appendage is a writhing bouquet of
Then the beast disappears back into the depth as suddenly as it appears.
For the first time, a live giant squid is 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 light on deprivation on deep-sea creatures living in the "Midnight Zone," 3,280 feet below the surface
the crew of 23 had to use a specialized probe, be lucky enough to attract an elusive squid in the camera and find it in hours and hours of video. The downloaded video had to experience a sudden flash in the metal research ship that threatened the scientists' computers. Apart from everything else, an aquarium spout is suddenly formed from the port bow.
Edith Withering, one of the leaders of the expedition, describes the test as "one of the most incredible days in the sea I have ever had."
Speaking Sunday from the port where the Quake Survey ship just was standing two weeks later in the sea, Wyddar, 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, developed by Wyderd, called Medusa, which uses red light undetectable for deep sea creatures and has allowed scientists to detect species and observe elusive. The probe is fitted with a fake jellyfish that mimics the invertebrate bioluminescent protective mechanism that can signal to the larger predators that feeding may be nearby to attract squids and other animals to the camera. at the end of the two-week expedition, 1
Last Wednesday, when a storm was raging over the Gulf, Withering was in the mess of the ship, waiting for videos from Medusa. when her colleague Nathan Robinson, director of the Institute of Cape Ellura, came in.
"His eyes just came out of his head," Withernd said. "He did not 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 must be careful not to be fooled, "she said. But it was hard not to be excited about what they saw in the video. It really looked like a giant squid, but the storm made it difficult for an expert on the shore to properly identify the creature.
Then, as things were not enough dramatic, the ship was hit by lightning.
Widder heard a heavy boom and ran out to see a cloud of yellow and brown smoke. Debris was scattered on the deck. She and her colleagues were immediately afraid of the computers that brought precious footage.
"We went into the lab to make sure the most amazing video we've seen is still good. A few hours later, she said, their captain informed them that a water spout forming a meteorological shape similar to a tornado was formed nearby.
But in the end everything was fine. Michael Vekshyone, a zoologist at NOAA's National Systemic Laboratory, was able to confirm remotely that they really shot the images of an elusive giant squid. Researchers have estimated that it is at least 3 to 3.7 meters long.
Even without lightning and open tornado, shooting a giant squid in its natural habitat is extremely difficult so difficult, in fact, that no one has done it until 2012 when Withernd and her and her colleagues on a mission off the coast of Japan used "Medusa" to capture the first videos of giant squid in their house in the depths of the 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 about giant squid come from dead specimens that have been washed off the shore or recovered from the calf belly, Smithsonian Magazine reports.
Their enormous dimensions, extraterrestrial features and elusive behavior have earned the giant caldera with legendary status in the marine life
"There are eight writhing hands and two cut-off tentacles," Widder said. "There is the greatest eye on every animal we know, there is a beak that can tear the flesh. There is a reactive propulsion system that can go back and forth, blue blood and three hearts. This is 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 is backed up by Jules Verne's" Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea ". as well as Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," which perhaps contains the best description of his place in public imagination:
"We have now looked at the most amazing phenomenon that secret seas have so far revealed to mankind. A huge pulp, a long and wide mass, cream-colored, was lying on the water, countless long hands radiating from its center, shrinking like an anconde nest, as if blindly grasping unhappy. object nearby. There was no visible face or face in the front; is not a sign of sensation or instinct; but undulating there in the celestial, formless, casual tides of life.
[…] Whatever the superstitions that are at all linked to the sight of this object, it must be that this is very unusual, this circumstance has gone a long way to invested it with determination. It is so rare to see that even though one and all of them make it the greatest animated thing in the ocean, though few of them have some but most vague ideas about its true nature and form. "
Technology has allowed scientists to better see the giant squid of the doomed souls of Peak, the dramatic circumstances of this new discovery are good, given the mythical line of creation.
Withering and his colleagues, including Robinson and Sonke Johnson, Professor of Biology at Duke University, hope that discoveries like them will continue to capture the imagination of the public and help support the ocean exploration. and Widder wrote on the NOAA expedition blog. "We love to feel that science and research have led to this change, making the world less scary and more astonishing with every new thing we learn."
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