Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Scientists find googly-eyed squid off the California coast

AUGUST 16, 2016

by Brett Smith
Researchers combing the bottom of the sea off the coast of California recently stumbled upon a creature that looked like it came straight out of a Super Nintendo video game.

As seen on a video posted to YouTube by the research vessel E/V Nautilus, researchers happened upon a squid-like creature with “googly” eyes that looked almost cartoonish.

The study team was using an underwater drone to examine the sea floor and upon the unique-looking creature from a distance, the scientists can be heard in the video trying to figure out if it was an octopus or cuttlefish, a type of cephalopod.

When the team sent in the drone for a closer look, their attention shifted to the creature’s captivating eyes.

“They look like googly eyes … It looks so fake!” a female-sounding voice can be heard saying. “It’s like some little kid dropped their toy.”

The strange and interesting Stubby Squid
According to a description of the video, the researchers established that the creature was a Stubby squid, also known as Rossia pacifica.

“This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish,” the E/V Nautilus description said.

Stubby squid inhabit the Northern Pacific and are typically seen at a depth of close to 1000 feet, though sightings have happened much lower, the E/V team said. The specimen seen in the video, for instance, was situated almost 3000 feet below the ocean.

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