Giant Squid Video: Watch the Sea Creature in the Gulf of Mexico

Giant Squid Video: Watch the Sea Creature in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA/YouTube Giant squid caught on video for the 2nd time ever.

Scientists Dr. Edie Widder, Dr. Sönke Johnsen, and Dr. Nathan Robinson plunged to the depths of the ocean to discover a rare species in its natural habitat, a giant squid in one of the darkest sections of the ocean.

Widder, Johnsen, Robinson their crew made their way into the ocean just 100 miles off the coast of Alabama and Louisiana via their special red light camera, according to CNN. Their journey led to one of the most historic discoveries in United States ocean exploration history – a giant squid right here in US waters. Scientists estimate the squid to be up to 12 feet long.

“We knew immediately that it was a squid. It was also big, but because it was coming straight at the camera, it was impossible to tell exactly how big. But big – at least 3 to 3.7 meters (10 to 12 feet) long,” Johnsen and Widder wrote on the NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research website. “Most importantly, we did not find a monster. The giant squid is large and certainly unusual from our human perspective, but if the video shows anything of the animal’s character, it shows an animal surprised by its mistake, backing off after striking at something that at first must have seemed appealing but was obviously not food.”

The footage of the giant squid extending its undulating arms to show off its long tentacles comes at about 2500 feet under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, per the Washington Post. This is the first time a giant squid in US waters has been caught on video.

You can watch the video below:

Here Be Monsters: Giant Squid Filmed in America's BackyardAfter only five Medusa deployments, despite the fact that thousands of ROV and submersible dives in the Gulf of Mexico have not done so, the Journey into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone expedition team captured footage of a giant squid… Learn more here: Video courtesy of Edie Widder and Nathan Robinson.2019-06-21T14:47:29.000Z

The expedition led by Widder, Johnsen and Robinson was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA said the goal of the mission was to collect samples “on the characterization of visual systems, bioluminescence, and fluorescence of organisms living below 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).” This level of ocean depth is known as the “midnight zone.”

History Made

NEW EXPEDITION FOOTAGE of Live Giant Squid (2013) The Monster is Real in HDOcean explorers have finally achieved one of their most alluring but elusive objectives: video footage of the actual legendary architeuthis (Architeuthis dux) in its natural heavy-sea habitat. Scientists state that the actual spectacular film, captured throughout an expedition off Japan's Ogasawara archipelago, answers enduring questions about the enigmatic spineless. The 6-week objective was financed by the Japan Broadcasting Commission (NHK) and also the US Discovery Channel, as well as took place in July. It is simply now being discussed publicly, as the two companies prepare to transmit documentaries that include the footage later this particular month. The actual squid was first glimpsed using a specialized digital camera system, called Medusa, which the team used from a ship and left suspended about 700 meters lower in water. Later, scientists came encounter-to-encounter with 1 while in a submersible. "It had been so stunning that I have no phrases to clarify it," states zoologist Tsunemi Kubodera of Japan's Nationwide Museum of Nature as well as Science, who was in the actual submersible. The camera system originated by Edith Widder, a deep-ocean explorer as well as founder from the Ocean Research and Preservation Association within Fort Pierce, Florida. Your woman thinks how the key to its success was an emphasis on the actual squid's feeling of view. To prevent bright lighting that might scare the squid away, the system uses a low-light digital camera with the dim warning light, because couple of deep-sea animals observe light with such an extended wavelength. Hoping of sketching the creatures in, Widder utilized a different sort of sunshine. Although hardly any sunlight permeates to the deep ocean, many deep dwellers produce a bioluminescent gentle. Past research by Widder suggests that the bioluminescence may act like a sort of burglar security alarm, among additional functions. The concept is that the bioluminescence made by some prey when they are attacked may serve to attract larger potential predators — such a giant squid — that will then eat the attacker. Widder and her co-workers therefore installed Medusa by having an electronic gadget that resembled the bioluminescence which jellyfish produce when assaulted to function as a lure. It worked: Medusa first experienced a squid during its second implementation, igniting jubilation on the actual ship. "I simply was amazed," says Widder," I couldn't have been happier." Medusa ended up encountering the squid 5 times, culminating with a full look at of one apparently targeting the camera system in a manner in conjuction with the alarm hypothesis. The calamari was regarding 4 meters long, even though giant calamari can grow as big as ten meters or even more. During a dive in regards to a week following the first Medusa success in their Triton completely submersible, Kubodera as well as pilot Rick Harris had a face-in order to-face encounter. Once they had taken enough low-gentle footage, these people turned about the sub's vibrant main lights, expecting to spook the squid. Instead, the pet continued in order to feed on bait tied to the sub. For eighteen mesmerizing moments the pair watched since the huge pet's skin shifted between unexpected gold and silver metal hues.2013-01-29T17:42:42.000Z

The camera used to capture the footage was developed by Dr. Widder, who is the founder of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association. Known as the Medusa, the camera uses red light, which goes unnoticed by deep sea creatures, to discover new species and monitor more elusive sea creatures.

As Dr. Robinson, director of Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas, was observing the footage the Medusa captured, he became more and more excited by what was appearing on the screen.

“I started to see a tentacle and I got more and more excited and then when the tentacles pulled back there aren’t words to describe it,” Robinson told CNN.

Widder was equally excited, as this was her second time seeing a giant squid on camera and the first time in US waters.

“We all proceeded to go slightly nuts,” Widder told CNN. “We know so little about how these animals survive in the depths… this helps us learn something more about how they hunt and their energy budget, but we need to know a lot more.”

The rarity of such an event, capturing a giant squid on camera, is something that hadn’t been done until 2012. Widder and her colleagues used the Medusa off of the coast of Japan to capture first ever footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat, according to the Washington Post

Seeing Is Believing & Believing Leads to Caring

Giant Squid Video: Watch the Sea Creature in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA/Danté FenolioLeft to right Nathan Robinson, Sonke Johnsen, Tracey Sutton, Captain of the Pt Sur- Nick Allen, Edie Widder and Megan McCall gather around to watch the squid video.

Dr. Sönke Johnsen hopes the footage of the giant squid will help lead to further conservation efforts. Johnsen was the leader of the expedition and is a professor of biology at Duke University.

“It’s easier to see whales and dolphins, but it’s very difficult to get excited about the something covered in thousands of tons of water,” Johnsen told CNN. “At a time in the world when the environment is in crisis people protect what they love, and they love what they see.”

The excitement of discovery does more than just fire up those in the science community, the scientists leading the discovery said. They hope it will inspire thousands to get involved in the science and conservation community.

“Love of nature is a stronger force for conservation than fear of doing the wrong thing,” Johnsen said.