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Elements S4 • E83

Scientists Just Captured This Rare Giant Squid Footage, Here’s How

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Published on Aug 26, 2019

Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than the largely unexplored deep sea, but new deep sea robots could offer a further glimpse of life in the Twilight Zone.
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A new breakthrough in deep sea technology, a camera system called Medusa, uses novel techniques to help us better understand the deep sea environment and the creatures that live there.

The camera system captured a jaw-dropping shot of a 10-foot-long juvenile giant squid that is infamously difficult to study and observe. By capturing this elusive creature in its natural habitat, we can hopefully help protect the species in the face of changing oceans.

Scientists have been working to make deep see exploration tech better for decades and advances like this are important as many oceanographers the believe that the more traditional ocean exploring tech can be too bright and disturbing, making it too disruptive to actually capture footage of deep sea creatures.

Medusa is one example of a less intrusive observation system, another new vehicle, Mesobot, comes from a collaborative team who is using red light and several other strategies to minimize disturbance.

Learn more about this cutting edge ocean exploration technology and the robotics used to make it happen on this episode of Elements.

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Diving Into the ‘Twilight Zone’ to Save a Vanishing World
https://youtu.be/MgzDvszIaQc

Read More:
Giant Squid Reappears on Video, This Time in U.S. Waters
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/sc...
"Dr. Widder designed the optical lure to emulate the light that a jellyfish emits when it is being attacked. According to the “burglar alarm theory,” the animal’s light is meant to attract some larger predator, which will attack whatever is attacking the jellyfish."

Mesobot Dives into the Twilight Zone for the First Time
https://twilightzone.whoi.edu/mesobot...
"The development of Mesobot is a collaboration between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Stanford University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The robot is designed to let scientists observe the twilight zone by autonomously tracking individual animals for hours, or even days, without disturbing the environment or disrupting their behavior."


MESOBOT Development Project
https://www2.whoi.edu/staff/pwiebe/pr...
"It will be able to take pumped-filter samples for small zooplankton, environmental DNA, and particles as well as water and filtrate samples."

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