Divers Run Into Mysterious Blob Off Turkey
The soft, translucent sphere was 13-foot in width and gelatinous in nature. The divers had no idea what their new discovery was.
As Lutfu Tanriover dived off his hometown of Fethiye on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, he and his group of divers stumbled upon a mysterious blob wandering 72 feet beneath the surface.
The soft, translucent sphere was 13-foot in width and gelatinous in nature. The divers had no idea what their new discovery was. Tanriover, the shooter of the video, reported to Deep Sea News that they were uncertain of what ‘the thing’ (as he called the creature) was and so they were both excited and frightened as they dived towards the newly discovered sea wonder.
Dr. Michael Vecchione who works at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was the first to suggest a likely identification after seeing the posted video, saying it appeared like a massive squid mass of egg. He also added while speaking with Deep Sea News that he had never seen one as big as that.
Vecchione suggests it’s from a gigantic red flying squid with the name Ommastrephes bartramii, though it has never been seen lay eggs. He identified the white dots seen in the sphere as the eggs, but the greater structures in the egg mass are yet to be given a name.
In history, apart from the 10-13-feet wide Humboldt squid egg mass (the largest egg mass ever documented in scientific literature, as reported by Deep Sea News) identified and documented by Danna Staaf and her colleagues in Gulf of California first in 2008, no such egg mass has been seen.
That egg mass (documented by Staaf and her group) contained 600,000 – 2,000,000 eggs, or in multiples of 10 of any other squid ever documented.
The proposed reason why such squid egg masses are not seen on dry land or by divers more frequently is because they are typically seen in deeper water and it takes only three days for the eggs to hatch, reducing the chances of seeing them.
All of reasons make this spotting a rare occurrence, on two fronts.
By Howard Rogers
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