21 December 2001
Unknown deep-sea squid
recorded by Tiburon
MOSS LANDING, California—MBARI remotely operated vehicle Tiburon
recorded observations of an unknown species of squid during dives off the
coast of Oahu in May 2001. Images of this animal, along with seven other
submersible sightings of apparently related individuals found at similar
depths in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans are reported on
in this week's issue of the journal Science. MBARI scientists estimate
that the individual seen by Tiburon was between four and
five meters in length.
Research article: M. Vecchione, et al. Worldwide
observations of remarkable deep-sea squids. Science, Vol 294, 21 December
Below are links to video clips from Tiburon's encounter with the
squid, first found near the seafloor with its tentacles reaching downward.
Additional clips show the squid swimming close-up and from far away.
More information about the MBARI sighting can be found on the 16
May 2001 logbook entry from the Hawaii
science expedition web pages.
Note to media: Higher resolution images and video
are available. Contact Debbie Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org