Author: Michelle Starr
The bigfin squid (Magnapinna) is one of the most elusive creatures that we know.
It dwells in the permanently dark depths of the ocean and is an extremely rare sight, with only around a dozen confirmed spottings worldwide.
Now, for the first time, bigfin squids have been seen off the coast of Australia not once, but five times – and each sighting was a different individual. It’s not enough to call the region a Magnapinna hotspot, but the new observations have revealed new behaviours, underlining the importance of capturing images of deep-sea life in its natural habitat.
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