A research team set to explore the Gulf of Mexico for capturing the fascinating life present in the depths of the water body were in for a surprise when they spotted a Giant Squid on their cameras, the first time it has happened in the United States.
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A group of scientists, namely Dr. Eddie Widder, Dr. Nathan Robinson and Dr. Sonke Johnsen and a crew to help them, were on a two-week mission to search the deep trenches of the Gulf.
This mission was funded by the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The special camera, named Medusa, used advanced technology in order to lure in various animals found way below in the water bodies. The light used to lure in the animals was specially designed as normal infrared would be easily absorbed in deep waters.
Widder had previously used this technology back in Japan in 2012 when the first ever Giant Squid was ever caught on camera. After the camera had completed its rounds, there were over 120 hours of footage with the creature being seen at the very end.
Robinson noticed the tentacles at first and was excited to see this majestic creature for the first time. He knew it was a Giant Squid after examining the size and shape of its body and the arrangement of the suckers on its tentacles.
Amazed with what they found underwater, the scientists say this will be a great step forward towards environmental conservation.
As said by Johnsen, people would try and conserve their natural habitat if they were shown the wonders of nature and its creatures.
People could see the beautiful creature they found and love its beauty which would eventually drive them to protect and conserve the environment for them to live in.
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