Scientists capture incredibly rare footage of 12-foot-long giant squid swimming in the deep ocean

Mail Online | 6/21/2019 | Cheyenne Macdonald For
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For centuries it’s inspired mariners’ folklore and stoked our worst fears of what unseen horrors lie in the darkness of the deep ocean.

But, it wasn’t until 2006 that scientists captured the first ever footage of a living giant squid, after hooking one and hoisting it to the surface.

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Six years later a research team collaborating with the Discovery Channel spotted another, this time filming it in its natural habitat thousands of feet beneath the surface.

Now in a remarkable discovery 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, scientists have recorded the elusive giant squid again.

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And to add to the mystique, the ship was then struck by lightning.

Footage of the encounter shows the huge cephalopod appearing out of the darkness to wrap its tentacles around the team’s e-jelly lure, before quickly retreating when it realizes the object is not food.

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Researchers with the NOAA’s Journey into Midnight expedition announced the discovery in a blog post this week.

The team has spent the last two weeks investigating some of the deepest areas of the Gulf of Mexico to gather insight on what life is like in a lightless world.

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While poring through the videos from the fifth deployment of the Medusa stealth camera system, researcher Nathan Robinson spotted something mysterious in the...
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