Freaky giant squids

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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 08:39 AM
Giant Jellyfish footage:

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.


posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 10:17 AM
Great thread
It's always great to see what's down in the ocean and especially squids since they have that interesting history. It seems plausible that back in the 1800's, etc that there were some huge squid out there.

posted on May, 12 2010 @ 12:26 PM
reply to post by nastalgik

Nastalgik, thanks for the reply bud -it seems a new study is suggesting that colossal squids aren't that nasty after all.

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."



posted on May, 28 2010 @ 09:00 AM

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

"The king of herrings is by far the largest member of the [Oarfish]family at a published total length of 11 meters (with unconfirmed reports of 15 meters or more) and 272 kilograms in weight."

Quote from wikipedia about Oarfish, these might been mistaken for seaserpents in olden times

posted on May, 28 2010 @ 12:06 PM
FANTASTIC thread! Big stars and flags!

It's things like this that fuel my insatiable curiosity for all things of the deep, and my ever increasing desire to get studying marine biology!

There's so much down there of all shapes and sizes, and I would love to be a part of further exploration of our oceans..
Isn't it said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the earth's seabed?

It's such a gorgeous world in the sea, full of things most people can only dream of..

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