Stunning underwater video shows rare glimpse of MASSIVE SACK OF EGGS containing thousands of squids with 10 arms and babies
- The video was captured at Ørstafjorden, a fjord in northwestern Norway.
- A giant bubble is a rare sight because it usually crumbles and sinks quickly.
- Researchers think gel ball protects squid from infection
Researchers from Norway caught a rare glimpse of a huge gelatinous egg sac that housed a flock of 10-arm squid eggs.
The giant gelatinous orbit was drifted into the Ørstafjorden fjord in northwestern Norway on October 5 by divers from the Research Expedition Vessel (REV) team – a group of scientists who set out to monitor the health of the oceans.
The video shows a giant gel-like mass created by a squid to protect the many eggs contained inside.
Divers can be seen watching the bubble with flashlights that help it collapse – the object looks large enough to engulf the entire observer.
The phenomenon is a rare finding for marine biologists, as egg sacs are rarely found beyond the limits of the deep sea and usually last only a few days before they dissipate into the ocean.
Once created, blobs usually sink very slowly, according to National Geographic. Babies contained in the ooze usually do not hatch until the mass reaches about 500 feet.
In 2015, divers off the coast of Turkey captured their own video of a similar float that they say was created by red flying squids.
A huge blob (pictured above) was found floating in the fjord by researchers at the Norwegian Research Expedition Vessel, which helps monitor the health of the oceans.
The orb had a huge mass of 3 meters and contained millions of squid eggs, according to National Geography, which highlighted the discovery at the moment.
Researchers are unsure how exactly the orbs grow to be so large, but have postulated that the jelly probably gets much smaller and grows as more eggs are laid.
The gel is thought to protect the nascent squid from bacteria and infections, and researchers noted that attempts to grow squids in the laboratory without sticky formation were affected by the disease.
Since 2015, scientists have witnessed only a handful of bubbles in the wild and there are only a few published examples.
Share or comment on this article:
. (tagsToTranslate) dailymail (t) science