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World-first footage of ‘freaky’ Ram’s Horn squid with huge bulging eyes filmed 2,800 feet below surface

A BIZARRE squid has been caught on camera in the wild for the first time and scientists are very excited.

The ram's horn squid has never been officially recorded in its natural habitat despite their small shells being a common find on beaches all over the world.

A remotely operated vehicle was sent to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef by researchers at the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

The hour long footage was live streamed on YouTube and features the squid around 13 minutes in.

The scientists had no idea what they were looking at when the odd-looking three inch long squid first popped up on the camera.

The creature, with its bulging eyes, eight arms and two tentacles, was found 2,790 feet below the surface, where the sunlight just about reaches.

Beneath its cylinder shaped outer body is a shell with gas chambers that help it to stay buoyant.

The Schmidt Ocean Institute excitedly shared its findings on Twitter.

It wrote: "Exciting news! This appears to be the FIRST observation of Spirula, aka ram's horn squid, alive + in its natural environment.

"Very rarely seen or captured, they have many extinct relatives, but are only living member of genus Spirula, family Spirulidae, and order Spirulida."

Cuttlefish and ram's horn squid are the only creatures known to have a internal chambered shell for buoyancy purposes.

The way the squid oritantes itself in the water is now leading scientists to question what they thought they knew.

In aquariums, captured squid tend to swim with their heads hanging down but in the video the squid is doing the opposite.

Zoologist Michael Vecchione told Science Alert: "A lot of people are freaking out because the head is up.

"And the reason they're freaking out is because the shell with its buoyancy is at the other end of the squid. So you'd think the head, which is heavier, would be hanging down."

There's also been some buzz around the ink that the squid leaves behind when it dashes away.

This could be part of their defence mechanism and has given researchers more to think about.

Ram's horn squid facts

Here's some things you should know about the creature...

The scientific name of the ram's horn squid is Spirula spirula.

It's a deep sea dwelling creature and got it's ram's horn name because of its shape.

It has a light emitting organ that can glow green.

They're only ever thought to grow to a few inches long and prefer tropical climates.

It's known as a decapod because it has two long tentacles and eight arms all with suckers.

In other animal news, whales, dolphins and porpoises are facing 'imminent' extinction, according to over 350 experts.

An amateur fisherman has snared the first ever "albino" shark caught off the coast of Britain.

And, scary megalodon sharks that roamed our oceans millions of years ago could grow to over 50 feet, according to a new study.

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