Mysterious Squid With Horns Spotted In The Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: Apr 21 2018, 7:13am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 21 2018, 10:57am CDT, in Latest Science News

 

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Mysterious Squid with Horns Spotted in the Gulf of Mexico
Credit: NOAA

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.

“Dive 04 targeted an unnamed mound in East Breaks (EB) 1009, an area of the Gulf of Mexico that had never before been explored using deep-sea submersibles. The closest historical dive to the site was a single 2009 survey that autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry conducted over 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the north.” NOAA statement said.

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.

“My first reaction was, 'What in the hell was that?',” said Mike Vecchione. “It didn't look like any squid I had seen until we started getting close and the animal started rotating around.”

The expedition which began on April 11, will continue through May 3 to survey the mysterious life lurking thousands of feet down in the Gulf of Mexico.

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