20 Aug '16, 3pm

Deep sea scientists capture footage of "googly eyed" purple squid (Video)

As you might guess, the ocean's murky depths hides plenty of surprises, from eerie jellyfish to deadly predator seahorses . Of course, you can also find some adorable curiosities too, as scientists from the E/V Nautilus , a high-tech 204-foot-long research vessel diving off the coast of California did when they chanced upon this wacky-looking creature with enormous, "googly eyes" resting upon the sea floor, 900 meters (2,950 feet) deep: In the video, the team discuss lightheartedly about this bright purple creature, saying that the disproportionately large eyes make it seem unreal: “It looks so fake. Like some little kid dropped their toy.” But in fact, it is a Rossia pacifica , or in common parlance, a so-called stubby squid that is lying in wait for prey: The stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) looks like a cross between an octopus and squid, but is more closely related to cu...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/animals/rossia-pacifica-stubby-...

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