It has begun: on this, the 60th anniversary of the advent of Alan Moore, the minions of Cthulhu have begun coming forth to claim the planet, as shown in the above image!
Actually, the creature was captured on film six years ago in the video below, taken by a Shell ROV (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle) operating at a depth of some 2400 metres (1.5 miles) – it’s a Magnapinna ‘Bigfin’ Squid:
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them. They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
(via Deep Sea News)