Alien-like Squid With “Elbows” Filmed at Drilling Site

A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, a remote control submersible’s camera has captured an eerie surprise: an alien-like, long-armed, and—strangest of all—”elbowed” Magnapinna squid.

In a brief video from the dive recently obtained by National Geographic News, one of the rarely seen squid loiters above the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico on November 11, 2007.

The clip—from a Shell oil company ROV (remotely operated vehicle)—arrived after a long, circuitous trip through oil-industry in-boxes and other email accounts.


I love the movement of the camera, it’s as if the person filming it does a double take.

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One Response to Alien-like Squid With “Elbows” Filmed at Drilling Site

  1. Shawn Wilson says:

    Creepy!! I want to believe though!

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