Mysterious Mass In The Mediterranean Sea

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04.08.2015 09:57
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What Is That Big Bubble?

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When Turkish diver Lutfu Tanriover took a dip in the Mediterranean Sea recently, everything seemed normal. That is, until a giant 'bubble' drifted 22 feet right in front of him.

Both Tanriover and his dive buddy had never seen anything like it: A huge, elastic gelatinous bubble measuring about four metres across, drifting peacefully with the currents. They had no idea what it was. With a mixture of curiosity and fear, curiosity filmed it in the hopes of finding a clue as to what it was.

Soon after Tanriover posted his video online, Dr Michael Vecchione from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History suggested that the thing could have been the egg mass of the red flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii). This creature grows up to 1.5 metres long and is named for the way they 'fly' out of the water by flattening their tentacles and fins to make them similar to wings.

Nevertheless, this would be the first time Vecchione has seen such a huge egg mass. At that size, it was reminiscent of the 2008 incident in which researchers observed an egg mass measuring three to four metres across containing 600,000 to 2,000,000 eggs of the Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortez.


Video of "The Big Bubble"

With egg masses of this size so rarely sighted, one wonders if it is because squid eggs are normally laid at greater depths, beyond the reach of divers. Well, in any case, the egg mass would normally exist for a short time before the eggs hatched. In the 2008 incident, all the eggs had hatched after three days.