Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Dark Zone

This video was shot a mile and a half below the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Funny thing about this footage is that it was actually taken by mistake, the unmanned vehicle was being used by the Shell oil company to survey an area. What ended up being captured is rare footage of one of the strangest and most mysterious creatures, the "elbowed" Magnapinna squid. Only a few of these have been found worldwide and very little is actually known about them.
      Here's a bit of what National Geographic reported "In 1998 Vecchoine and University of Hawaii biologist Richard Young became the first to document a Magnapinna, based on juveniles of the Magnapinna pacifica species. M. pacifica was so unusual that the scientists had to create a new classification category to accommodate it: the family Magnapinnidae, which currently boasts four species" "In 2001 the pair released the first scientific report based on adult Magnapinna specimens, as seen via video. The study demonstrated that Magnapinna are common worldwide in the permanently dark zone of the ocean below about 4,000 feet (1,219 meters)."

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