For the first time, a giant squid was captured swimming through US waters. The deep-sea creature showed its majestic properties for a Medusa underwater camera.

In breathtaking and rare footage, researchers in the Gulf of Mexico filmed a giant deep-sea squid as part of an expedition to document elusive marine animals.

The video lasts less than 30 minutes and was shot about 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, showing what at first glance seems like a single tentacle out of the dark.

Then the tentacle expands amazingly and shows up as the lower half of the deep sea creature. The squid flows around in the water before slowly backing away and returning to the darkness.

"What used to be feared now are curious and great creatures that give pleasure," wrote the research team in a mission report after watching the video Wednesday.

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