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.

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.

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