Weird Googly-Eyed Squid Spotted Off California Coast

Posted: Aug 16 2016, 4:03am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Weird Googly-Eyed Squid Spotted Off California Coast
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The stubby squid was found about 2,950 feet down on the bottom of the ocean

This little creature is not a puppet character from Sesame Street. It’s a purple-colored stubby squid spotted off California coast.

A team of researchers on board a vessel was exploring the depths of the ocean when they came across a unique cartoonish eyed animal.

“They look like googly eyes… it looks so fake,” someone giggles as the camera takes a closer look at the creature. “Like some little kid dropped their toy.”

The googly-eyed creature was found about 2,950 feet down on the seafloor and was not camera shy at all. The creature remained glued to its place despite the presence of the research vessel.

The weird creature was later identified as a stubby squid or Rossia pacifica. The animal appears to be a cross between an octopus and a squid but is more closely related to cuttlefish. These squids possess characteristics of both cuttlefish and octopus. Like cuttlefish, they can bury themselves in sand and they tend to live on the bottom of the ocean like octopus.

Stubby squids inhabit Pacific waters from Japan to Southern California usually at the depths of 1,000 feet, though this sighting was occurred at much lower depth. These purple squids have eight suckered arms, two long tentacles and two large eyes which they keep poked out to spot their prey.

Stubby squids spend their day time buried inside sand or mud. It’s a camouflage technique which they is often used by marine animals to hide themselves from potential predators. At night they sit out on the bottom and it’s the time when scuba divers can catch the glimpses of the strange creature.

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