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Deep-Sea Creepy Giant "Long Arm" Squid - first published original video!

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Published on Jun 27, 2008

In June 2008, while working at the AQUARIUM OF THE BAY in San Francisco as a professional SCUBA diver, a contractor who had been installing video equipment in the building for several days popped into our husbandry office (where the biologists and divers worked out of) with an interesting request. He asked if we could help identify a "creature" that his friend who worked on an oil rig had recently caught on tape from an ROV; describing it as something that looked like a manta ray with 30ft tentacles!! Of course, we didn't know what to think of his description and admittedly kind of thought he was full of it until he surprised us with a thumb drive with this very video on it!

As you can see for your self he wasn't far off. With a little digging around that afternoon, I was able to identify it as belonging to the species Magnapinna, or Big Fin squid, though this one is more commonly known as the Long Arm Squid, and is known to get as big as 5 meters!

Take special note of the depth! 7828ft!!! For perspective, Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains is only 6,224 feet above sea-level.

I quickly posted this on youtube that same day—now almost 12 years ago—and though it has been reposted many, many times from other channels garnering millions of views, as far as I know, I was the first to publish the footage online (I just sucked at tagging videos efficiently back then).

It's great to see it still getting so much attention all these years later! Enjoy!

Subscribe and like! Going to start posting a lot more cool aquatic footage.

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