View Full Version : Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

10-14-2014, 08:35 AM
Heres something you don't see everyday. :)

A two-man Greenpeace submarine has been attacked by squids on an expedition in the Bering Sea -- and all the gory details were captured in a Vine.

A pair of Greenpeace submariners have had their own "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" experience on an expedition in the Bering Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Sea) -- in a scaled down sort of way. Rather than the Nautilus and a giant squid, the pair were in a Dual Deep Worker (http://waittinstitute.org/wi-archive/submersible-overview/) submersible when the encounter occurred.
And their attackers weren't a squid of the giant variety, but a pair of Humboldt squids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_squid), nicknamed "jumbo squid" or "red devil" for their famed aggression and the red colour the squids turn when in hunting or attack mode.

Although these squids can get pretty big -- up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in mantle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantle_%28mollusc%29) length and up to 50 kg (100 lb) in weight, these guys are relatively titchy -- no longer than a few feet in length, maximum. Their size, however, is no indication of courage: coloured a brilliant red, they have a brave go at the sub before swimming off in a puff of ink.


Video at link