New squid found in Indian Ocean

A new species of squid, 0.7 meteres (2.3ft) in length was discovered among the 7,000 samples from taken from seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean. The newly discovered squid is from the chiroteuthids characterized by long slender bodies and fantastic bioluminescence displays.


Via New large squid found in southern Indian Ocean and additional pictures from the Seamounts2009 Expedition.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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One comment on “New squid found in Indian Ocean
  1. Yeah! Very exciting stuff. I noticed in one article I read, they have identified 70+ squid species from this expedition, over 20% of the known squid species worldwide! Go science!

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