Wed. May 18th, 2022

OceanX, a team of marine biologists, media and filmmakers, embarked on a quest in 2020 to explore the depths of the Red Sea, where they found not only a giant shipwreck, but a massive creature that appeared to be larger than a human .

While researching ‘Pella’, which sank in November 2011, at a depth of 2800 feet, the group discovered what they thought might be ‘The Giant Squid’.

‘I will never forget what happened next, as long as I live,’ said OceanX science presenter Mattie Rodrigue in a video taken by the discovery.

‘Suddenly, as we look at the arch of the shipwreck, this massive creature appears and looks at ROV [remotely operated vehicle] and curls his whole body around the wreck.

It was not until September 2021 that the team discovered that the mysterious creature was the ‘giant shape’ of the flying purple squid, which typically grows up to two feet long.

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OceanX, a team of marine biologists, media and filmmakers, embarked on a quest in 2020 to explore the depths of the Red Sea, where they found not only a giant shipwreck, but also a massive creature that appeared to be larger than a human being

OceanX, a team of marine biologists, media and filmmakers, embarked on a quest in 2020 to explore the depths of the Red Sea, where they found not only a giant shipwreck, but also a massive creature that appeared to be larger than a human being

The OceanX team traveled to the Red Sea aboard OceanXplorer, a research vessel with a 40-ton crane to launch submarines, towed sonar arrays and other heavy equipment into the depths.

The ship also has two manned Triton immersions, each of which can dive to depths greater than 3,280 feet for up to eight hours.

It includes a remote-controlled vehicle and an autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore depths up to 19,685 feet.

OceanXplorer embarked on its maiden voyage in September 2020, when the crew discovered the giant sea creature lurking around the shipwreck.

OceanXplorer embarked on its maiden voyage in September 2020, when the crew discovered the giant sea creature lurking around the shipwreck.  Pella sank in November 2011 while traveling to the Egyptian port of Nuweiba

OceanXplorer embarked on its maiden voyage in September 2020, when the crew discovered the giant sea creature lurking around the shipwreck. Pella sank in November 2011 while traveling to the Egyptian port of Nuweiba

The OceanX team traveled to the Red Sea aboard the OceanXplorer, a research vessel with a 40-ton crane to launch submersible submarines, towed sonar arrays and other heavy equipment into the depths.

The OceanX team traveled to the Red Sea aboard the OceanXplorer, a research vessel with a 40-ton crane to launch submersible submarines, towed sonar arrays and other heavy equipment into the depths.

Pella sank in November 2011 while traveling to the Egyptian port of Nuweiba.

The 485-foot-long ship caught fire off the coast of Aqaba, Jordan, while carrying 1,229 passengers — one death was reported after the incident.

When the scientists used an underwater robot to cross the shipwreck, the giant creature swam in frame.

Rodrigue sought help from Dr. Michael Vecchione, a zoologist at NOAA, who concluded that the mysterious creature was a giant form of the purple back that flies squid.

While using an underwater robot to sail around the shipwreck, giant squid swam in frame

While using an underwater robot to sail around the shipwreck, giant squid swam in frame

The team wondered if the creature was a giant squid, but other experts highlighted the shape and size of its fins that form an arrowhead

The team wondered if the creature was a giant squid, but other experts highlighted the shape and size of its fins that form an arrowhead

The picture shows a close-up of a purple back flying squid

The picture shows a close-up of a purple back flying squid

‘In the area you operate, in the Red Sea, there is a well-known population of them,’ Vecchione told Rodrigue during a video call.

‘They’re getting really big. I think what you see is what the giant form of Sthenoteuthis is.

‘They will approach the bait the way one approached the bait, and they often swim away, as the other videos showed the animal swimming.’

Vecchione also went on to explain that the size of the animal’s fin relative to its body shows that it is not a giant squid.

Its fins are short and broad and form what looks like an arrowhead shape, while those on a giant squid are usually massive and muscular.

Giant squid, which are rarely observed, can grow up to 66 feet long.

The last to be discovered was in October 2016 and measured 30 feet long.

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