A team from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discovered an unlikely marine creature. The bizarre purple squid is lurking on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | YouTube )
On Wednesday, April 1
An Eerie Creature
After National Geographic the Okeanos Explorer team found the interesting creature that lay thousands of feet below the Gulf of Mexico. Crew members recorded their findings for the US Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as their remote-controlled submarine stumbled upon the marine creature.
Several members of the crew were surprised. One of the team members stated that the creature looked like a vampire salmar. The creature also had two pairs of horns on its head and dull arms. It confused the researchers, finding it difficult to identify them.
One of the team's researchers, Mike Vecchione, suspects the squid might be part of a squid species known as Discoteuthis discus . This particular type of squid is known to travel in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean. The submarine did not gather the creature and continued its expedition.
"Every time we catch [D Diskus it's so hard to tell which species it is, I've never seen one or in good condition, if that's it, then it's the first time anyone sees one alive, "Vecchione said National Geographic
The Gulf of Mexico Mission of NOAA
Finding the Secret Octopus was part of the expedition of Okeanos Explorer in the basin of the Gulf of Mexico. Since Wednesday, April 11, NOAA has commissioned the team to explore the water. The team searches for marine life, discovers habitats and explores shipwrecks. The Okeanos Explorer team is expected to complete their mission on May 3 and return to the East Coast.
Marine Wildlife Corner
In addition to the research group at Okeanos Explorers, other researchers have made discoveries about the marine animal world. Other researchers discovered a group of more than 100 octopuses under the sea surface off the coast of Costa Rica. The squid protect their eggs from an underwater volcano.
Another group of scientists discovered a dead sperm whale in Murcia, Spain. Over 64 pounds of plastic were apparently in the sperm whale's body. Plastic bags, water containers and nets were found in the stomach and intestines.
Earlier this year, the Journal of Experimental Biology reported that dolphins carefully planned their hunting dives. Researchers have found that dolphins use the information from their previous expeditions to predict where to find food.
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