A remote control submersible captures footage of an eerie Alien-like sea creature a mile and a half underwater
Footage of an Alien-like sea
creature has been captured on film a mile and a half under water.
The video clip of the fascinating
Magnapinna, or “big-fin”, squid was originally filmed in 2007 by Shell but has
recently started to receive attention after its appearance on social networking
The footage was filmed at a
drilling site owned by the oil company, some 200 miles off Houston, Texas in
the Gulf of Mexico.
The big-fin squid was first
visually recorded in 1988 off the coast of northern Brazil and sightings have also
been reported near Ghana, Senegal and Mauritius.
Big-fin squid have previously been
spotted venturing into American waters three times.
The squid’s intriguing appearance
and eerie method of movement has left many people describing it as “alien-like”
and comparing it to a monster you might see in a horror film.
The Magnapinna’s fins are up to
90% of its total body length, which is where the name big-fin squid originates.
It has been estimated that some
big-fin squids captured on film previously measured around 26ft long, with the
tentacles stretching to around 15-20 times the length of the body.
Watch the footage here: