Unusual images that show five large squid Deep water has been taken at depths of two to 3,000 meters by Australia’s national scientific agency, CSIRO.
Marine scientist Deborah Osterhage has explained that these creatures belonged to the family Magnapinnidae, a group of deep-sea squid that have large fins and extremely long, slender arms and tentacles.
“Giant Squid Sightings They are very rare. These are the first records in Australian waters, adding to only a dozen confirmed sightings worldwide, “said Osterhage. it’s a statement.
“Most of the previous reports have been from a single bigfin squid, so it’s exciting to have logged five in the Great Australian Bight. The differences in their appearance meant that we were able to confirm that they were five separate individuals, instead of the same squid several times, and although the studies covered a relatively large area, the squid were found clustered closely together, “he explained.
Two of the squid were filmed using a deep-sea towed camera system specially designed during a voyage on the research vessel CSIRO Investigator, while the other three were filmed using deep-sea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) on the chartered vessel REM Etive.
“After seeing giant squid in the towed camera footage, we were really looking out for them during the next ROV trip,” Osterhage said. “The ship operators controlled the ROVs, and the scientists were able to direct what was filmed. We were very excited to see the big fin squid again and get this extraordinary footage. It has allowed us to learn more about this elusive and intriguing deep sea squid, “he added.
“We measured a Bigfin squid using parallel laser measurement guides and found that it had more than 1.8 meters long, with arms and tentacles filaments more than 11 times the length of the mantle (body). We also observe your color and behaviors, including the winding of filaments, a behavior that had not previously been seen in squid, “said the marine scientist.
Before these trips, almost nothing was known of animals that lived in the benthic zone (the zone near the bottom of the sea) in the depths of the Great Australian Bight.
“We also saw brightly colored corals, tulip shaped glass sponges and many more beautiful and unusual animals. With each voyage we undertake, we discover more about Australia’s vast deep sea environment, and there is much to learn, “concluded Osterhage.