In late 2020 a team of scientists performing ecology surveys in the northern part of the Red Sea discovered a shipwreck. Upon close inspection of the wreck, a “massive” mysterious squid appeared; teasing the scientists with possibilities of what it could be. Now, the scientists think they know to which species the giant squid belongs. Although a new video of the creature still makes it seem like something that’d kick off an
In the video above, OceanX Science Program Lead Mattie Rodrigue describes the moment she and her colleagues aboard the vessel saw the mystery squid at a depth of 2,800 feet. Apparently, the scientists weren’t expecting it at all. And it appeared out of nowhere.
Rodrigue describes how the crew aboard the research vessel was looking at the bow of the sunken ship, the
As for what the squid is? Rodrigue asks NOAA zoologist Dr. Michael Vecchione for his opinion in the video, and his educated guess is it’s a Purpleback Flying Squid. A “giant form” of the species of squid, to be exact. As the Natural Museum of History notes, Purplebacks, or Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis, are cephalopod species in the arrow squid family.
It’s hard to say how giant the mystery squid is, but