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A Weird Googly-Eyed Squid Found on the Seafloor

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What you looking at? EVNautilus/YouTube

When researchers were cruising off the coast of southern California in the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, they suddenly found a googly-eyed, cartoony-looking squid on the seafloor.

From the video on the spot, we can hear one of scientists was exclaiming that these squids looked like such googly eyes that they appeared so fake! He said that it was just like some little kid dropped their toy.

It might seem something straight out of the Pokémon universe, but in fact it is kind of species named as stubby squid (Rossia pacifica). Despite the name, this species is more closely linked with cuttlefish. Such cephalopods are typically seen in the North Pacific between Japan and Southern California as deep as 300 meters (985 feet), however there have been sightings at depths of 1,300 meters (4,260 feet). These weird small  animals are able change color so as to camouflage themselves.

This scene was captured by Hercules, the E/V Nautilus’ remotely operated vehicle,at a depth of 900 meters (2,950 feet)    If you would like to know more about live-streamed discoveries from this expedition,you could go visit the Nautilus Live website.

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