We sometimes look to outer space when we think about the vast unknown, but the fact is, there is a lot that has yet to be discovered and explored in the ocean. Not only do we have unusual areas of the ocean floor to explore, but there is also plenty of mysterious sea life that we know nothing about. Every once in awhile, we get an opportunity to see something that the world has never seen before and that is what recently happened in the Pacific Ocean on a ship called the Nautilus.
What researchers found was a little squid that looked like a Piglet with antennae. It may sound a little strange, but it’s more adorable than you could probably picture without seeing it for yourself. Fortunately, you get to see it in this video:
Although you have likely never seen the “piglet squid” before, it is by no means a new discovery. In 1907, it was first discovered and the piglet squid received the designation, Helicocranchia pfefferi. It’s only about 4 inches long and they live about 650 feet below the surface of the ocean in the mesopelagic zone. The team is talking about the creature in the video, and it looks like it has long eyelashes and has lipstick on. It even turns to face the camera before it disappears into the sea.
The Ocean Exploration Trust is funding the expedition of the Nautilus. The NautilusLive website says it’s the 5th year of exploration in the eastern Pacific and it is the most expensive voyage they have funded to date.
Scientists, data engineers, seafloor mappers, and many more have been on this journey since May 2019 and they are continuing until October. Dr. Robert Ballard founded the OET in 2008, and they have the claim to fame of discovering the RMS Titanic.
This adorable little creature is proof that good things come in small packages
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