posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 10:57 PM
The bigfin squids are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology. They are placed in the genus Magnapinna and family
Magnapinnidae. Although the family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, some authorities believe the adult creature has also
been seen; several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the "long-arm squid", which appear to have a similar morphology. Adult specimens have
never been captured or sampled--it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives.
Some of you will remember seeing the 2007 video from a Shell Oil ROV
taken at a depth of about 1.5 miles, showing one of these elusive creatures.
from the same Wikipedia page:
On November 11, 2007, a new video of a long-arm squid was filmed off Perdido, a drilling site owned by Shell Oil Company, located 200 statute
miles (320 km) off Houston, Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.
The specimens in the videos looked very distinct from all previously known squids. Uniquely among cephalopods, the arms and tentacles were of the same
length and looked identical (like extinct belemnites). The appendages were also held perpendicular to the body, creating the appearance of strange
"elbows". Most remarkable was the length of the elastic tentacles, which has been estimated at stretching up to 15–20 times the mantle length.
Estimates based on video evidence put the total length of the largest specimens at 8 metres (26 ft) or more. On close ups of the body and head, it
is also apparent that the fins are extremely large, being proportionately nearly as big as those of bigfin squid larvae. While they do appear similar
to the larvae, no specimens or samples of the adults have been taken, leaving their exact identity unknown.
An unknown person has generated a composite image from the frames of this video and the result is pretty horrifying, made no less so by the green hue.
The image has been making the rounds and I hadn't seen it on ATS so I thought I'd share.
Another mental image to keep me from going in much further than waist deep
edit on 25-11-2013 by theantediluvian because: (no reason