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DNA Analysis Makes The Giant Squid Even More Mysterious

Interestingly, the animals seem to have just one global population. This has never been seen before in ocean-living species. Usually animals that live in the oceans end up genetically segregating into sub-species over time as they spread out around the globe. Not so for the enigmatic giant …

Zoology

Giant tentacled sea monsters spotted around the world are single species: international study

[np_storybar title=”Giant squid caught on tape for first time: Video” link=”#1″]<p>They’re the stuff of myth and B-grade horror movies, giant tentacled …

The Giant, Prehistoric Squid That Ate Common Sense

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>We have a serious problem with science journalism. A big one, in fact, and today that problem takes the form of a giant, prehistoric squid with tentacles so formidable that it has sucked the brains right out of staff writers’ heads.<p>While making the rounds among a few …

Environment

What James Cameron Found At The Bottom Of The Ocean

The discovery of microbial mats — bizarre-looking, filamentlike clumps of microorganisms — living off chemicals from altered rocks 35,803 feet (10,912 meters) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean comes from samples and video collected by an unmanned lander, part of movie director James …

James Cameron

Vampire squid does not eat live prey; just corpses and faeces

Marine biologists have finally solved the mystery of how the "vampire squid" feeds, and what on -- namely a delightful recipe of corpses and faeces …

Vampire squid sucks up garbage, not blood - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

Despite their name, vampire squid are not deep-sea bloodsuckers. In fact, new research finds these mysterious creatures are garbage disposals of the ocean.<p>Using long, skinny tendrils called filaments, vampire squid capture marine detritus hovering in the water ― from crustacean eyes and legs to …

Traces of real-life kraken believed discovered - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

A giant sea monster, the likes of the mythological kraken, may have swum Earth's ancient oceans, snagging what was thought to be the sea's top predators — school bus-size ichthyosaurs with fearsome teeth.<p>The kraken, which would've been nearly 100 feet (30 meters) long, or twice the size of the …

Flight of the Squid

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>This morning, I received a strange letter. The envelope carried the subtle scent of the sea, and the immaculate lettering on the front was clearly and carefully written in actual ink. The note inside read:<p>Dear Brian,I am but a lowly squid, dashing through the water, and …

Giant 'Kraken' Lair Discovered: Sea Monster May Have Preyed On Ichthyosaurs (VIDEO)

The mythical kraken might not have been around long enough to take down ships, but it very well may have been able to feast on dinosaurs larger than school buses.<p>Mount Holyoke College paleontologist Mark McMenamin has found evidence to suggest that the Ichthyosaur, a snaggle-toothed creature that …

Mysteries of the deep-sea: soon to be endangered

(To see the infographic enlarged, click here)<p>Over the past year, scientists and researchers have made valuable strides toward corralling deep-water treasures. Innovation and technological advancements have increased the ability to explore foreign, formerly dark parts of the oceans, and …

Giant squid science story emerges from the deep

Scientists have filmed the first views of the giant squid, a mild monster of the deep sea.<p>Kraken. Devilfish. Giant squid. One of the mysterious inhabitants of the deep ocean gets its close-up this weekend, seen for the first time alive and in its natural habitat.<p>Sought by scientists for centuries, …

Environment: News & features

James Cameron's Deep-Ocean Dive, Diagrammed

Just how deep in the deepest point in the ocean? Here's a handy guide mapping James Cameron's descent to the Challenger Deep back in March.<p><b>On March 25, James Cameron became the third person</b>—and the only one traveling solo—to visit Challenger Deep, 6.8 miles below the western Pacific Ocean's …

2.7-million-year-old fungus found deep under seafloor

<i>By Becky Oskin</i><i><br>LiveScience</i><p>The story of life on Earth keeps getting stranger. Researchers report they've discovered dormant algae and a thriving community of carbon-chomping fungus deep beneath the ocean floor in 2.7-million-year-old mud.<p>Genetic evidence indicates the most deeply buried fungi are …

Giant Squids Have Huge Eyes to See Shiny Charging Whales

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Discovery Channel viewers have been able to look into the eye of the giant squid, in the first ever footage of this elusive predator in its natural environment. In honour of this achievement, I’m republishing this story from last year, about why the …

'Harp Sponge' Discovered In Deep Ocean Off California

<i>By Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer:</i><p>A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay.<p>The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side.<p>A team from …

Ice-loving crustaceans ride Arctic conveyor belt - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

Flealike crustaceans that rely on Arctic ice may be using deep ocean currents as a sort of conveyor belt to bring them back to the pack after their ice has drifted out to sea, new research suggests.<p>If it is indeed how the tiny crustaceans keep from going too far out to sea, it is a clever …

It's squid pro quo when it comes to mating of ocean giants

<i>By Stephanie Pappas</i><i><br>LiveScience</i><p>Though they roam the deep sea around the globe, enigmatic giant squid are all part of the same species, new research finds.<p>The new study reveals that the genetic diversity of giant squid (Architeuthis) is remarkably low — far lower than that of other marine species …