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You never know what you could find in the depths of the ocean. Never-before-seen alien-like organisms are discovered all the time. This time, a diver exploring the depths of a fjord in Orstafjord Norway came across a huge alien blob. The video has captivated the internet with over 491K views to date.
Diver Ronald Raasch with the research vessel REV Ocean was exploring the site of a WWII shipwreck in early October. As a group of divers returned to the boat, Raasch and captain Nils Baadnes came across the blob about 55 feet beneath the surface. Inside, the transparent egg contains thousands of squirming babies.
See the mesmerizing video below:
Later on Twitter, the REV Ocean team posted a Tweet:
— REV Ocean (@rev_ocean) October 7, 2019
Although the researchers identified the blob as an egg sac produced by a 10-armed squid, that doesn’t identify which species it might be. All squid have ten arms.
These alien squid sacs are rarely seen since they are thought to be laid deep down in the ocean, sinking ever-lower to 500 feet. At these depths, the babies hatch and start their lives in the cover of darkness.
Science Alert noted different squid species have different egg sacs. Scientists suspect the female squids lay a small mass that expands to a larger size.
One species has been seen inflating the egg with water.
“Squids that live in the Norwegian Sea that the fjord connects to include the European flying squid (T. sagittatus) and the much smaller Boreoatlantic armhook squid (Gonatus fabricii). However, another Gonatus species, G. onyx, has been observed actually brooding its eggs, so it may be a less likely candidate.
Interestingly, G. onyx has also been observed pumping seawater into her egg mass to inflate it, so that may be another clue about how the masses get so big.”
Another even bigger squid sac was discovered in 2015. National Geographic shared a video of a 13-foot-wide egg sac from a neon flying squid. (pictured above)
The jellylike substance helps protect the eggs from predators as well as infection and bacteria.
See the National Geographic video below:
Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube, Ronald Raasch