New Squid Video Discovered!

Not a new squid, but a very rarely filmed one. The video was taken late last year and is only now coming to light. Apparently it (the video, not the squid) has been floating around the internet as an email attachment for quite some time.

Two thousand five hundred monometers down, which is pretty deep (though not as deep as it gets), a Shell Oil submersible robot filmed this Magnapinna squid (a.k.a., the “Elbowed Squid.”

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).



  1. #1 Scott Belyea
    November 28, 2008

    Two thousand five hundred kilometers down, which is pretty deep

    Yup, that’s deep all right!! 🙂

  2. #2 Romeo Vitelli
    November 28, 2008

    Considering it didn’t seem to want to stay in the picture, I’m assuming it’s scientific name is magnapinna paparazzi avoidicus.

  3. #3 Fernando Magyar
    November 28, 2008

    Scott, the deepest part of the ocean on this planet,is the Mariana’s trench at about 11 kilometers down. If I’m not mistaken a monometer would be equivalent to 1 meter, therefore we are talking about 2.5 kilometers, which is deep enough. Still, the creature does look like it might be extra terrestial…BTW I don’t think your average manometer (bad pun intended) would be able to withstand the pressure at a depth of 2.5 million monometers.

  4. #4 Ana
    November 29, 2008

    What a tease! Do you think I can invest in Shell Oil robot camera technology while continuing to boycott Shell Oil?

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    November 29, 2008

    Ana, dollars to donuts this submersible is probably a subcontractor. You can probably get a job with that subcontractor, split your time between doing research and subverting, I mean working for, Shell Oil.

  6. #6 Charlie (Colorado)
    November 29, 2008

    It can’t be in monometer, it doesn’t have any feet at all.

  7. #7 unbalanced reaction
    November 30, 2008

    Wouldn’t want to meet that in a dark alley… I mean…in a dark, water-filled alley.

  8. #8 Nigel
    December 1, 2008

    Poor squid . . . under all that poetry!

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