Scientists Just Captured This Rare Giant Squid Footage, Here’s How
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Scientists Just Captured This Rare Giant Squid Footage, Here’s How


The footage you’re watching right now is of a ten-foot long juvenile giant squid. We’ve only captured the giant squid on camera in its natural habitat once before. This elusive creature is infamously difficult to study and observe, but thanks to advances in deep ocean robotics, we can take a new look into previously unexplored oceanic depths. The camera system that captured this jaw-dropping shot is called ‘Medusa’, because it includes a lure made of LED lights designed to resemble a bioluminescent jellyfish, a preferred snack of many deep sea creatures, including the giant squid. Medusa represents an exciting new breakthrough in deep sea technology. It uses novel techniques to help us understand more about the deep sea environment and the creatures that live there, hopefully helping us protect species that we know relatively little about, like the giant squid, in the face of changing oceans. And scientists have been working for decades to make this kind of ocean-exploring tech better. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, for example, has been a leader in this development, with deep sea exploring robots like the seafloor mapping AUV, the Doc Ricketts ROV, and Ventana. Advances like this are important because many oceanographers believe that more traditional ocean-exploring tech is too bright and disturbing— essentially, it’s too disruptive to capture footage of deep ocean creatures behaving naturally. Their behavior would be altered by the presence of such a device. Medusa is one example of a less intrusive observation system, as it hangs on a line that can extend up to two thousand meters, allowing scientists back on the boat to keep a respectful distance. And it uses red light to illuminate what it’s seeing, which scientists hypothesize most deep sea creatures can’t detect. This idea was given new supporting evidence when the Medusa team captured this new giant squid footage, as the squid wasn’t scared off by the red light that helps Medusa’s cameras see in the dark. Another collaborative team with MBARI is also using red light and several other strategies to minimize disturbance in a new vehicle called the Mesobot. It’s an unassuming 1.2 meters tall and about 250 kilograms, really quite small for an oceangoing robot, making it able to fulfill its mission: to track individual organisms for hours at a time without disrupting their natural behavior, like a little robotic private investigator! It’s a hybrid remotely operated vehicle that moves very slowly using large, slow-turning thrusters to avoid disturbing the water around its target, and it can track an individual animal as it swims or drifts with the currents. And the Mesobot is not just stalking deep sea creatures— it also aims to help us understand more about what this part of the ocean is really like. It will take measurements of salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen as it moves and collect biological samples that will eventually yield DNA from tiny or shy creatures that may have escaped detection. Researchers hope this will shed more light on a relatively mysterious part of the ocean: the mesopelagic zone, also known as the ‘ocean twilight zone’. This is the area about 200 to 1,000 meters below the ocean surface where the light from the sun almost entirely disappears. It’s far deeper than human divers can swim, and squid, salps, eels, sharks and many kinds of fish thrive here. Some scientists hope the Mesobot will be able to tell us more about how life in this understudied part of the ocean lives naturally, and how it may change as the ocean faces threats like overfishing and climate change. The Mesobot has already undergone its open ocean trials and hopes to be deployed on real data-collecting missions soon to help us understand more of the ocean than we ever have before. After all, thanks to amazing space probe technology, we know way more about what the surface of Mars looks like than we do about the ocean. We just need to figure out how to study it— and technology like Medusa, the Mesobot, and hopefully many more ocean-venturing robots will bring us one step closer to that goal. For even more oceanic exploration, check out this video here and make sure you subscribe to Seeker for all your exciting robotics news. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time on Seeker.

100 thoughts on “Scientists Just Captured This Rare Giant Squid Footage, Here’s How

  1. How closely did you fact check the squid's choice of prey? My understanding is that they eat fish that would threaten a jellyfish so the jellies light up when attacked in the hope of attracting a squid.

  2. Species don't need human protection they need protection from humans. Knowing little about them and leaving them alone is probably the best way if you wan't to protect them. Next thing you know that giant squid is gonna be in some rich guys wall aquarium.

  3. Hi, thanks for watching! Want more on ocean exploration? Check out this episode of Science In The Extremes: https://youtu.be/MgzDvszIaQc

  4. Does any body not remember what monsterquest did filming a 108ft squid like even though they where unsure what species it was that was a breakthrough. Anyone that sees this post search up monster quest giant squid on YouTube it is the second video with a guy on a computer

  5. If we get a giant tidal wave a mile high on every major coastline we'll know this was a success in detecting intelligent underwater life.

  6. The fact we still don’t have underwater cities is disappointing; look at the jellyfish one of the oldest species on Earth! Lots to learn

  7. There is a piece of me that thinks great but I can't help wonder if we should mind or own business less we balls up the deep as well as everywhere else man tends to poke his nose into.

  8. I love this channel so much, i hope they never stop making videos about the most meaningful topics of our planet and beyond 🙂 ❤

  9. Why couldn't they keep it in a tank when they captured it and instead it's dead? What are the challenges faced in such a situation? It'd be nice to know what exactly happened in those attempts.

  10. I wonder what an alien species would use to “watch” us? Other then the internet, and such. More along the daily lives approach. Also that we can’t see.

  11. Am I the only one to be suspicious? Is this being funded, at least in part, by the DoD or the Navy. Remote autonomous quite slow turning thusters collecting the core information to determine thermalclines and sound reflecting zones in the deep ocean plus able to track collect data on "organisms". Could the organisms include hostile submarines? Sounds like a proof of concept for a free flouting sosus system.

  12. Despite her attempt to make the robot not seem sinister, the way she describes it makes it sound sinister. 🤔

  13. I'm juvenile and pleading for hugs … Sorry … I was thinking about microwaves and electric fields over copper plates and with a ion drive focus point pushing through the fields of a electric magnet well that formed as rockets for space … Or what other information there is on microwaves that are controlled …. Can microwaves be used in a lapping coil as the same way electric moves to make a magnet ?
    Maybe a liquid that sound forms into a coil that holds together as some other formed waves ,well like x-rays or microwaves …. And Maren is always beautiful woman to my eyes |:{ even if she doesn't follow my YouTube channel…

  14. Isn't it kinda weird that there's no one just saying that he's da 1st commenter?

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  15. How can we protect animals we know nothing about better than millions of years of know nothing about them could… Curiosity always kills everything… we never learn

  16. 2:04 The Mesobot was it built by the people on the land over the ocean because you said meters and kilograms. Please think about us simple Americans who watch and give your channel the highest viewer payback (kilogram is mass why do we need to know it's mass?) meters are like yards (Is it football 50 yards?) Feet and pounds Please. Stopped watching because of the Britsh measurement system. Sorry.

  17. It's truly amazing to realize that some animals can feel a robotic presence around them, and because of it, do not behave naturally…
    Simply fascinating

  18. This is super informative, I would live to see a giant squid one day. Cant wait to see what this thing captures in the future. Thanks for the video

  19. Giant Squid #1: Hey bro you think aliens exist?
    Giant Squid #2: BRO! The other day I was trying to eat this jellyfish but it was metal and super bright lights! So I couldn't eat it, I freaked out and swam away! I think an alien put it there 😳
    Giant Squid #1: That's crazy 😳

  20. These kida lures while great for science I still can't help but feel bad for the critters lured and disappointed that there was no food. Yeah the development of less obtrusive and destructive methods of studying the deep sea is really misunderstood and there has probably been significant damage to poor deep sea critters with overfishing and plastic pollution which MRBARI has detected deep down in the sea. 🙁

  21. "Have I gone steppin' into the Twilight Zone?  This is a madhouse; feels like being cloned!  My beacon's been moved under moon and stars–where am I to go, now that I've gone too far?"

    –Mesobot, probably

  22. 2:05 Mesobot looks like someone chopped off the sail/fin of  a small nuclear sub, then spot-welded a bunch of peripherals to it.

  23. This YouTube channel is science click bait. Every time I finish a seeker video I can’t help but feel like I’ve watched a filler episode to something anticlimactic. 🙁

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