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Strawberry Squid Looks Marvelously Bedazzled

The images below were taken the ultra-talented underwater photographer Paul Caiger.

Known as the Strawberry Squid, this is one bejeweled beauty! Its body looks as if there are jewels covering it, therefore it is also known as the reverse jewel squid. Sampled from the ocean twilight zone, they explain that this mysterious ocean dweller can be found between "the sunlit surface layer and extending down to about 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) deep." 

"The strawberry squid is a source of food for many of the large apex predators–such as sperm whales and Risso's dolphins–that dive down into the twilight zone to feed. "

Paul Caigar's Strawberry Squid image won the most-liked Instagram photo and crowned top "Instastar" from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's best of 2019.

(Photos by Paul Caiger, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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"What were once monsters to be feared are now curious and magnificent creatures that delight. We like to feel that science and exploration has brought about this change." - NOAA Research

This is the very first time a giant squid has been captured on footage in US Waters. Edie Widder, one of the leaders of the research team was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Washington Post it was "one of the more amazing days at sea I've ever had."

The camera that captured the amazing footage is called Medusa, it employs a red lights invisible to most creatures at deep-sea depths, and was used to lure the animals with its attached "e-jelly" display, which mimics the bioluminescence of a deep-sea jelly fish.

Upon reviewing the Medusa's footage, the team wrote in their mission log, "People quickly gathered around. We knew immediately that it was a squid. It was also big, but because it was coming straight at the camera, it was impossible to tell exactly how big."

The scientists identified it to be a juvenile giant squid, about 10 to 12 feet long. 

Read the full story at Ocean Explorer

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Last month a team of Japanese researchers announced that they had recorded live footage for the first time of a giant squid in its natural habitat, and today that footage has been released! Click here and scroll down for the video!

The researchers dove down to the watery, nightmarish depths of the Pacific in a cramped three-man submarine and lured the squid into the open with bait. The team then pursued the squid for about 270 meters, capturing footage of the (relatively small) three meter squid as it lazily cruised along. Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera described the giant squid as "shining and beautiful." Yours truly described the giant squid as "a Lovecraftian nightmare, but probably okay with some olive oil and garlic."

The expedition was partly funded by The Discovery Channel, and a documentary about the researchers' findings will air January 27. In the meantime we'll be doing our best to continue our excellent track record of 'Not Going In the Ocean'.

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