Giant deep sea jellyfish filmed in Gulf of Mexico
Remarkable footage of a rarely seen giant deep sea jellyfish has been recorded by scientists.
Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), they captured a video of the huge Stygiomedusa gigantea.
The jellyfish has a disc-shaped bell than can be a metre wide, and has four arms that extend up to six metres in length.
The jellyfish has only been seen 114 times in the 110 years it has been known to science, say researchers.
Colossal squid is no monster.
Measuring longer than a school bus and sporting tentacles covered in razor-sharp hooks, the colossal squid is the stuff of nightmares. However, new research suggests the enormous sea creature may not be the fierce hunter of legend.
This finding not only upends science's understanding of the squid itself, but forces a reevaluation of its role in the entire ecosystem where it lives some 3,000 to 6,000 feet (914 to 1,830 meters) beneath the Antarctic sea.
This new view of the colossal squid comes from data analysis made by marine biologists Rui Rosa, of the University of Lisboa, Portugal, and Brad Seibel, of the University of Rhode Island. Rosa and Seibel looked at the relationship between metabolism (how the body's cells turn food into energy) and body size for smaller squids in the same family and used the information to predict the metabolism of the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni).
(The so-called giant squid belongs to the genus Architeuthis, a different group of animals from the colossal squid.)
They found, the squid would've had a slower metabolism and so moved slower than expected, waiting for prey, rather than running it down. "Everyone thought it was an aggressive predator, but the data suggests otherwise," Rosa told LiveScience. "It's a squid that weights half a ton with hooks in its tentacles, but our findings show it’s more like just a big blob."
Originally posted by batch
but giant squids live down that deep dont they
so huge animals down there could eat them
i belive there are sea serpents as well down in the ocens
originally posted by: karl 12
There's some pretty goddamn freaky testimony of giant squid attacks in this programme (interviews at 1:04 and 3:20):
Did the Kraken come to visit little boys and girls in Japan on Christmas Eve to leave coal in their stockings for eating sushi? No, but a real giant squid did and a video camera operator just happened to be there to capture this extremely rare sighting as a Christmas gift to the rest of the world.
The giant squid (Architeuthis) was spotted by people on a pier in Toyama Bay on Honshu, Japan’s main island. This specimen was small for a giant squid, measuring an estimated 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) long. Female giant squids are larger than the males and can reach 13 meters (43 feet) in length.
The size didn’t disappoint the witnesses who knew they were very privileged to be seeing this event. It was only in 2004 that the first photograph was taken of a live giant squid in nature and not until 2012 was a live giant squid captured on video.
Giant Squid Captured Live on Video in Japanese Marina