New Species Discovered

New species of Squid
21 December 2001
Unknown deep-sea squid recorded by Tiburon

MOSS LANDING, California—MBARI remotely operated vehicle Tiburon recorded observations of an unknown species of squid during dives off the coast of Oahu in May 2001. Images of this animal, along with seven other submersible sightings of apparently related individuals found at similar depths in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans are reported on in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

MBARI scientists estimate that the individual seen by Tiburon was between four and five meters in length.

Research article: M. Vecchione, et al. Worldwide observations of remarkable deep-sea squids. Science, Vol 294, 21 December 2001, 2,505-2,506.


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