EXPLORERS in the hunt for the deepest shipwreck ever found the deepest squid ever recorded.
A team of researchers aboard the USS Johnston was in the Philippine Sea when they made their bigfin squid discovery.
The squid was discovered deep in the Philippine Trench.
It is about 20,341 feet below the surface.
Large-fin squid are rarely found.
They are famous for their long tentacles that can grow up to 26 feet long.
Only about a dozen sightings of them have been confirmed worldwide, and this is the deepest sighting ever recorded.
Based on CBC, zoologist Mike Vecchione told When it happens presenter Carol Off: “That was exciting for me.
“I’ve been looking for cephalopods from these extremely deep environments for a long time.”
Vecchione reviewed footage and still images of the squid for the explorers.
Researchers published evidence Their large squid was found in the journal Marine Biology last month
It includes a silhouetted image of a squid deep in the sea.
As soon as Vecchione saw the image, he said he knew it was a large fin squid.
He said: “It has a very large fin for the size of its body.
“But really, the most remarkable thing about it is, the squid has eight arms plus two tentacles, which are modified arms.
“But in bigfin squid, the tentacles look a lot like other arms, and all 10 of these appendages have long, spaghetti-like extensions at their ends.”
The squid the researchers saw did not appear to have the length of a large adult fish, so it was identified as a juvenile.
Previously, the largest known species of fin squid was discovered at a depth of about 15,400 feet.
It is in the Kermadec Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
Scientists were excited when they found a squid in the deep and largely unexplored parts of the ocean because it means there’s more life down there.
Squid are large carnivores and they often hunt for food, so the next big fish meal is likely somewhere 20,341 feet deeper than the surface.
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