Humans are curious about nature and uncovering the secrets of the deep sea is something that has always intrigued us.
But despite thousands of explorations, there still remains a world of things that we aren’t aware of.
One such mystery revealed itself to the team of OceanX, a team of marine biologists and filmmakers who embarked on a quest to explore the depths of the Read Sea in 2020.
The team was exploring a giant shipwreck when they came across something they couldn’t believe. A massive purple back squid-like creature that appeared to be larger than a human.
The team was investigating the ‘Pella’, the ship which sank in November 2011 and was resting at a depth of 2,800 feet. That’s where they found the giant squid.
“I will never forget what happened next for as long as I live,” said OceanX science program lead Mattie Rodrigue.
“All of a sudden, as we’re looking at the bow of the shipwreck, this massive creature comes into view, takes a look at the ROV [remotely operated vehicle], and curls its entire body around the bow of the wreck,” he added.
The team shot a short video of the creature. It has now been widely circulated on social media.
Watch it here:
It took almost a year for the team to learn about the mysterious creature after looking at the video several times. It was a giant purple back flying squid, that can grow up to two feet long.
Rodrigue, who had the opportunity of seeing the giant squid properly, said he sought the help of zoologist, Dr. Michael Vecchione, who concluded the creature was a purple back flying squid.
“In the area that you’re operating, in the Red Sea, there’s a well-known population of those. They get really big. I think what you’re seeing is what’s the giant form of Sthenoteuthis. They will approach bait the way that one approached bait and they often swim the away that the other videos showed the animal swimming,” Vecchione told Rodrigue during a video call.
As for their primary work, team OceanX explored the shipwreck using two manned Triton submersibles, each of which can dive to depths greater than 3,280 feet. However, their main vessel was the OceanXplorer, which can launch submersible with a 40-ton crane.