Twisted Squid: Gulf of Mexico 2018
Published on Apr 19, 2018
Described by our resident cephalopod expert as “probably the most bizarre squid I’ve ever seen,” we encountered this unusual squid while exploring an unnamed mound at a depth of ~850 meters (2,790 feet) during Dive 04 of the Gulf of Mexico 2018 expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.
Its arms were folded back in what may be a defensive posture, but to such an extreme degree, it had lost its squid-like appearance.
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2018.
Learn more about the expedition here: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeano…
The squid was found upside down near an undersea mound, at a depth of about 2,790 feet While exploring the depths of Gulf of Mexico, researchers stumbled across an unusual creature. It is a squid with blood red body and a set of pointy horns. The strange squid was captured on April 17 by the crew of NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer during a scientific voyage studying an ocean area never explored before. The mission has been conducting both scientific research and capturing images of deep-sea habitats in the western Gulf of Mexico that likely found nowhere else.
The identity of the squid is still a mystery. Some suggest that it belongs to Discoteuthis as its body and limb shape somewhat resembles squids of this genus. But there is a possibility that it could be an entirely new species. The squid was discovered at the depths of about 2,790 feet. When the creature was observed, it was curled inward in a very dramatic manner and its arms were folded as if in a defensive posture. NOAA biologist Mike Vecchione describes this squid as “probably the most bizarre squid I’ve ever seen.” The appearance and behavior of the squid is so strange that it does not even look like a squid at first glance.
Is this cool or what? What is with the “horns”?
The ocean. We should use the war money for exploring the ocean.
We know so little about it! That is actually not a good reflection on our species, is it? That we know slightly above jack sh!t about our own ocean.
As DAVID64 Wheres the Ka-boom? Member Registered: 7/9/2008 Location: The CrossTime Saloon Mood: Just waiting said in Mysterious Squid with Horns Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, “71% of the Earth is covered in water and we keep looking for aliens out there.”