PHOTOS: Alien-like Squid Seen at Deep Drilling Site

PHOTOS: Alien-like Squid Seen at Deep Drilling Site
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November 24, 2008--A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, this alien-like, long-armed, and--strangest of all--"elbowed" Magnapinna squid is seen in a still from a video clip recently obtained by National Geographic News. (See video and read full story.)

Filmed by a Shell oil company ROV (remotely operated vehicle) on November 11, 2007, the squid was at the Perdido oil- and gas-development site in the Gulf of Mexico.

The video is evidence of how, as oil- and gas-industry ROVs dive deeper and stay down longer, they are yielding valuable footage of deep-sea animals.

Some biologists have even formed partnerships with oil companies, allowing scientists to share camera time on corporate ROVs--though critics worry about possible conflicts of interest.
—Video still courtesy Shell Oil Company
 
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