The Asperoteuthis mangoldae squid places on a present for the Nautilus crew.

Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Few issues are as pleasant as listening to the enthusiastic scientists on board the E/V Nautilus after they see one thing wild and great deep beneath the waves. They noticed a completely weird squid on an expedition and it turned out to be fairly a rarity.

The video footage is the primary identified to indicate the deep-sea squid Asperoteuthis mangoldae alive. The squid is a comparatively current discovery. “It is like a unicorn,” one researcher says.

The squid made its look in early July close to Jarvis Island within the Pacific Distant Islands Marine Nationwide Monument, house to what the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describes as “a few of the most pristine coral reefs on this planet.”  

The uncommon squid sports activities a protracted, sinuous tail that is on full show within the video. “In associated squids, the tail has been interpreted as making the squid appear to be one other sort of animal, corresponding to a siphonophore that has highly effective stinging cells,” stated NOAA zoologist Michael Vecchione in a launch on Friday. Siphonophores are lengthy marine critters associated to jellyfish and corals.

The scientists had been intrigued to witness how the squid manages to swim with such a showy tail. It seems it might probably tuck within the sides of the tail and make itself very streamlined. 

This wonderful sea creature joins a listing of fantastic animals seen by Nautilus throughout its journeys, together with an lovely dumbo octopus, a big purple jellyfish and a freaky gulper eel. It is simple to see why these scientists get so excited.

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