IMG_4904[1]DMNH Curator of Mollusks Elizabeth Shea, Ph.D., is featured in a short film for the 2017 #cephalopodweek from Science Friday.

From the film’s introduction: “Deep below the sea surface, giant squid fight off predatory sperm whales–stirring legendary tales of epic battles. Yet for all it’s infamy, discovering how many of these enormous cephalopods are lurking in the ocean has remained impossible…until now. Using simple arithmetic, Elizabeth Shea, Curator of Mollusks at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, along with colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution try to solve the mystery – with unfathomable results!”

Dr. Shea is currently at sea on the Northern Neighbors expedition, aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ship Henry Bigelow exploring canyon and slope habitats off the coast of the Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada, as well as study sites in the Gulf of Maine with the Canadian remotely operated vehicle (ROV)  Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS).

The DMNH Mollusk Collection includes 250,000 lots of mollusks, or about 2 million individual specimens.

Video Credits

Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Intro Giant Squid Footage by Akinobu Kimura
Additional Stills and Video by
Clyde and Ingrid Roper,  Don Hurlbert/Smithsonian Institution,  Getty/Oxford Scientific, J.J. King (C.C. BY 3.0), Liz Shea, Mike Goren (C.C. BY 3.0), NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program,  Oceana Canada, Pond5, Shutterstock, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori, Discovery / NHK
Special Thanks to Danna Staaf whose blog post inspired the video.