Terrifying footage shows giant squid the size of a car caught on camera in US waters for first time – The Sun

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A GIANT squid has been caught on camera in US waters for the first time ever by researchers who were looking for creatures living in the “midnight zone” of the sea. The squid was found 2500 feet below the surface in complete darkness and can be seen attacking a probe, which was being used to draw any creatures towards the camera. 4 This is the first time a giant squid has been spotted in US waters, just below the surface of the Gulf of MexicoCredit: Edie Widder and Nathan RobinsonThe scientists, who are part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Journey into Midnight project, were using a specialised camera system called the Medusa. This technology uses red light that is undetectable to sea creatures but allows the pitch black ocean to be illuminated enough for researchers to spot elusive animals and discover new ones. The Medusa probe has a fake jellyfish attached to it, which mimicked the luminescent defence mechanism of a jellyfish and alerted creatures like the giant squid that a meal might be near by. Rare footage like this excited the researchers but they had to rush back to shore to find a squid expert who could confirm they were looking at a giant squid. 4 The scientists were on a sea expedition exploring the darkest parts of the ocean when they discovered the squidCredit: Danté Fenolio4 The squid can be seen lurching from the darkness and attacking the probeCredit: Edie Widder and Nathan RobinsonAfter battling through a lightning strike and a storm, zoologist Michael Vecchione was able to confirm remotely that the footage was indeed of a giant squid about 10 to 12 feet long. Edith Widder, one of the leaders of the expedition, said: “It’s got eight writhing arms and two slashing tentacles. It has the largest eye of any animal we know of, it’s got a beak that can rip flesh. “It has a jet propulsion system that can go backwards and forwards, blue blood, and three hearts. “It’s an amazing, amazing life form we know almost nothing about.” 4 Giant squids are so rare that the researchers couldn’t believe they had found oneCredit: Danté FenolioFilming a giant squid is notoriously difficult and it hasn’t been done since the first time a squid was caught on camera in its natural habitat in 2012. This discovery occurred in deep sea near Japan and involved some of the same scientists using the Medusa probe. LOST CITIES From Atlantis to the ‘underwater Kingdom of Wales’ – lost sunken civilisations ROCKY HORROR Huge asteroid could hit Earth THIS YEAR and ‘flatten area bigger than London’ ExclusiveFIRE AND FURY Colourised WW2 footage shows bombing runs over Germany from inside US planes TIDAL TERROR Sea level ‘doomsday’ simulator reveals whether YOUR home would be wiped out HOUR GL-ARSE Slimy sea creature that eats stone and poos out SAND discovered by scientists In other news, grey seals can form words and sing like humans, according to a new study. A slimy sea creature that eats through stone and excretes sand has been studied closely for the first time. And, here’s a list of the world’s worst insect stings and bites ranked by mad scientist who gets stung on purpose. What do you think of the giant squid footage? Let us know in the comments… We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.
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