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Deep Scope 2004: A 'New Species' Of Squid Found at 1600ft

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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2006

A very large squid was caught on film this morning deep in the Gulf of Mexico. A one-of-a-kind technology, called the Eye-in-the-Sea, captured the giant lurking in front of its red light cameras over 1,600 ft below the surface.

The event was triggered by a bioluminescence (light) sensor that turned the camera on capturing a few seconds of the deep-water predator before it swam away. This marks the first time a squid has ever been filmed by this unobtrusive observation tool.

Studies initially identified the squid as a Mastigoteuthis, of approximately six feet in length. Yet, the science team has determined that this deep-water predator is actually part of an unidentified species of giant squid. Video courtesy of Operation Deep Scope 2004 Exploration: Seeing with "New Eyes", NOAA-OE. Please visit source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explora...

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