Look What Shell Found Under One Of Their Platforms in The GOM!

Look What Shell Found Under One Of Their Platforms in The GOM!


It's twice as long as a pickup truck and has 10 legs! What's living under YOUR rig?
by John Pendleton  |   Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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Like many other oil and gas companies, Shell uses Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to do inspections of the submerged portions of their offshore platforms. The ROVs can go far deeper than human divers and can remain submerged for extended periods of time.

During one inspection, the cameras mounted on an ROV captured images of a weird-looking creature that scientists estimate to be about 26 feet in length at a depth of nearly 8,000 feet.

The unearthly-looking creature is actually a Magnapinna Squid, a rare and little-understood animal that has been seen as deep as 15,000 feet below the surface. No adult example has ever been captured, although juveniles have been caught or found after having washed up on shore. While most squids have eight long tentacles or arms and two shorter ones, the Magnapinna has 10 tentacles of equal length.

This particular Magnapinna was spotted in the Perdido Area of Alaminos Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ed Bongers | Wednesday, November 20, 2013
very cool
 
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