Giant Squid Filmed by NOAA Research Team

Professor Sönke Johnsen joined a team of researchers on the NOAA Research Vessel Point Sur to explore animal life in the midnight zone of the Gulf of Mexico.  The group included Sönke's former student and Duke graduate Dr. Lorian Schweikert, now a postdoc at Florida International University.  The "Journey into Midnight" expedition used a Tucker Trawl to retrieve animals for lab study and the Medusa stealth camera system to take video footage at 1400+ to 1800+ meters.  On one memorable day the team experienced a lightning strike, a waterspout, and the discovery that the Medusa had filmed a giant squid!  You can read all about it and watch the video in Sönke's Mission Log at the link.

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