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Nautilus found this incredible squid with googly eyed

While investigating the Californian coast with a remote-controlled submersible, a team of researchers from the E/V Nautilus found this incredible squid. The googly eyed fella was chanced upon during a live stream, which means we get to hear the scientists involved react professionally and calmly to their discovery.
The team spotted this Stubby Squid off the coast of California at a depth of 900 meters (2,950 feet). 

Basically, it's all about the eyes. And although they may look weird and fake,

Some select comments:

"What is it?"
"It's got weird eyes."
"It looks like they're painted on."
"It looks fake."
"It's like some little kid dropped their toy."
"He. Is. Awesome."


According to the E/V Nautilus' YouTube channel, this is in fact a Stubby Squid (Rossia pacifica), a species that looks like a cross between an octopus and a squid, but is most closely related to a cuttlefish.  Rossia pacifica is found in the Northern Pacific from Japan to Southern California up to 300m, but in addition to our sighting, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have spotted them at depths of 1,300 m (4,260 ft).  "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," say the description. So I guess those eyes are the last things some animals see before they die.





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