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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 2001, 2,505-2,506. 

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.

bullet Squid near seafloor 
bullet Close-up view of the squid swimming 
bullet Full view of the squid swimming 

 

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, pressroom@mbari.org or 831-775-1807.