Researchers in Norway caught a rare glimpse of massive jelly-like egg sac harboring a bevy of 10-armed squid eggs.
The giant gelatinous orb was caught drifting in the Ørstafjorden fjord in northwest Norway on October 5 by divers with the Research Expedition Vessel (REV) team – a group of scientists who set out to monitor ocean health.
The video depicts a giant gel-like mass created by a squid to protect the many eggs contained inside.
Divers can be seen observing the blob with flashlights that help glean its sheer size – the object appears large enough to swallow the observers whole.
The phenomenon is a rare find for marine biologists since the egg sacs are rarely found beyond the bounds of the deep sea and usually only last for several days before dissipating into the ocean.
Once created, the blobs usually sink very slow, according to National Geographic. The babies contained in the goo usually don’t hatch until the mass reaches about 500 feet.
In 2015, divers off the coast of Turkey captured their own video of a similar floater which they hypothesized was created by red flying squid.
A massive blob (pictured above) was found floating in the fjord by researchers from Norway’s Research Expedition Vessel which helps monitor ocean health
The orb was a massive 13-feet wide and contained millions of squid eggs according to National Geographic, who highlighted the find at the time.
Researchers aren’t sure how exactly the orbs grow to be so large, but have posited that the jelly likely starts out much smaller and grows as more eggs are deposited.
The gel is thought to protect the nascent squid from bacteria and infections and researchers have noted that attempts to grow squids in a lab setting without the gooey formation have been plagued with disease.
Since 2015, scientists have only witnessed a handful of the blobs in the wild and there are only a few published examples on record.
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