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Drilling Platform Video Camera Reveals a Horrifying Mega-Squid

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In our previous news articles on the elusive deep-sea giant squid and its kin, much of the evidence comes from beached, dead specimens, which are pretty skeevy to look at, but otherwise more fascinating than frightening... but not when it comes to this video of an enormous (and very much alive) Magnapinna squid, spotted six years ago by the underwater cameras on an oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly a mile and a half beneath the surface.
 
 
The footage, which was composited by an unknown Reddit user into the nightmarish portrait shown below and recently showcased on the oceanography site Deep Sea News, illustrates why Magnapinna is nicknamed the “bigfin”: its massive, winglike fins comprise nearly 90% of its body, and the tentacles are among the largest of any squid species, estimated at 30 feet or more in length.
 
As if it weren't creepy enough, another unique trait of Magnapinna is the way it bends its arms at right angles like elbows, giving it a semi-humanoid extraterrestrial appearance. You can totally imagine this thing crawling from the airlock of a visiting spacecraft... and it's hard to tell if it's on a peaceful mission.
 
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