This Cephalopod is Stealing Hearts

Researchers aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel recently discovered a peculiar-looking squid off the coast of California.

Published October 05, 2016

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Photo courtesy of E/V Nautilus

The big-eyed, bright purple squid is known as a stubby squid. It was spotted by an underwater remotely operated vehicle nearly 3,000 feet below the surface.

The stubby squid is a nocturnal ambush predator that feeds on shrimp and other small fish. It spends most of its days burrowed with just its eyes visible. Sand adheres to a sticky layer of mucus on the squid’s skin, helping it stay camouflaged as it moves about on the ocean floor.

To see more of the stubby squid yourself, check out this report from NPR

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