26 Sep '12, 4pm

This terrifying hell-squid lives on ocean waste

This terrifying hell-squid lives on ocean waste

It’s not for nothing that this thing is called a “vampire squid” — whoever named it clearly just went with the most terrifying creature known to science at the time. Here is a video of it being scary as hell: (If you’re easily frightened you may want to opt for this video , which isn’t as clear but does have David Attenborough’s soothing tones.) But scientists have just determined that the vampire squid (its full name is Vampyroteuthis infernalis , or vampire squid FROM HELL) is actually the only cephalopod that doesn’t want to eat you. Unlike most squid and octopus, V. infernalis isn’t a predatory carnivore — it only eats trash . Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean it can do anything about the Pacific Garbage Patch — in fact, Vampyroteuthis is really vulnerable to human BS like climate change and all the crap we throw in the oceans. Instead, it lives on organic ocean waste, ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/this-terrifying-hell-squid-lives-on...

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