Squid charms scientists with its googly eyes
When filming the ocean depths at about 900 metres off the Californian coast recently, American marine biologists on board the E/V Nautilus came across a purplish resident that couldn’t seem to take its large bulging eyes off the ROV’s camera.
Although it reminded one of the researchers of a plush toy, the animal is actually a stubby squid (Rossia pacifica), a species that is closely related to the cuttlefish.
This squid is typically found at the seafloor at depths of 300m to 1,300 in the northern Pacific from Japan to Southern California. It hides underneath the sediment, leaving clear its eyes to watch for passing prey like shrimp and small fish.
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