Some two kilometres (1.2 miles) beneath the sea at the Perdido project in the Gulf of Mexico, the camera aboard an underwater, remotely-operated robot captured a glimpse of a big-fin squid for the first time. The robot’s operators on the surface were retrieving drilling equipment from the seabed when they saw the creature with its mass of bent tendrils and a large undulating fin hovering near the well.
Encounters with deep-sea creatures
Shell technicians work at extreme depths to recover oil and gas, and their encounters with squid and sharks are helping to increase understanding about deep-sea marine life.
Deep-sea creatures in the Gulf of Mexico
I and others
you wouldn't believe some of the animals that we see the
on the sea floor and eight thousand feet of water mother nature's done tremendous
things off shore and
summer the that unusual animals that we see one we're installing these
components offshore is extremely amazing and there's always something new that
we've never seen before
during the noble club to go under the previous drilling programs I've seen a
shark on one of the videos on our underwater robots
the same shark that marijuana professors for the university said it had been seen
on a goal for Mexico in years
we've got chemo synthetic communities which are
seafloor colonies life that's it
to the south into the east of us chemo synthetic community
years a colony of like this on the seafloor
Maccabi tube worms it could be quite clams
its certain kinds of crabs there tend to populate
on areas that have unique features so in this case
there feeding on hydrocarbons as they're coming up through the sprouts 0
in some of these areas we have natural seepage is where the hydrocarbons
actually come through the seafloor
on the wrong in those areas we will get
taking a synthetic community that actually works form
and feed of the oil and they're protected so we have to stay away from
when we wake pipelines were when we do seafloor acted
At Shell’s Great White field in the Perdido area of the Gulf of Mexico, an underwater robot encountered a Greenland sleeper shark at 2,600 metres (8,530 feet) below the sea. This species was previously thought to live at ocean depths less than about 2,000 metres (6,562 feet). The footage shows the shark as it slowly swims near a wellhead on the seabed before it disappears into the dark.
More in about us
You may also be interested in
Vast resources of oil and gas lie deep beneath the ocean’s surface. They have the potential to support economic growth and help meet the world’s growing energy needs.
We develop innovative technologies to find and safely unlock more, and affordable, energy from ever harder-to-reach places.
Human solutions to global challenges: find out how you can develop your career in our technical teams.