Big-eyed squid looks more like toy than animal Researchers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus came across this purple googly-eyed squid while scanning the ocean floor. (Smithsonian.com/AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Big-eyed squid looks more like toy than animal
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Scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn't contain their excitement. That was when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby squid.
 
They let out a collective "whoa" on video posted on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus' Facebook page. This was as a camera on a remote-operated vehicle came across the iridescent cephalopod with giant round eyes.
 
Then the jokes started.
 
"He has weird eyes!" said one enthusiastic observer. "Get close! Get close!" urged another.
 
One suggested it resembled a child's dropped toy. Another said the creature's eyes appeared to be painted on.
 
"It looks so fake," said one member of the Nautilus' team.
 
The creature looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus. But it is closely related to a cuttlefish. That is according to the Nautilus Live website.
 
The find could be more than just bemusing.
 
"In addition to the googly-eyed cuteness, there is one thing biologically interesting about this observation," said cephalopod expert Michael Vecchione. He is with the Smithsonian Institution. The creature could be a new species, he wrote in an email to the expedition.
 
It was spotted at nearly 3,000 feet deep, which is unusual, but not unheard of. But, on top of that, the stubby squid didn't have chromatophores. Those are cells that allow it to change color, as members of its species do, Vecchione said.
 
The question can't be answered because this particular stubby squid remains deep in the ocean, out of scientists' reach.
 
The Nautilus team is part of a four-month Ocean Exploration Trust expedition to map underwater fault zones from Canada to California and understand ecosystems around them.
 
The team spends hours scanning the barren ocean-scape, "then to come across something adorable like that - it's a real treat," Exploration Vessel Nautilus spokeswoman Susan Poulton said.

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COMMENTS (48)
  • jahir-orv
    8/28/2016 - 03:40 p.m.

    Quite interesting because squids have actually been around for millions of years

  • joshs-wig
    8/29/2016 - 01:41 p.m.

    its interesting to see how some animals look so cute and so small. it must be fun looking at the animals of the ocean

  • sophiea-obr
    8/29/2016 - 02:59 p.m.

    What makes the squid so adorable is its eyes.

  • clyronen-obr
    8/29/2016 - 03:01 p.m.

    I think it's cute because it looks like a cute toy.

  • brycef-obr
    8/29/2016 - 03:05 p.m.

    If you look close at the eyes it looks fake.

  • kelseyk-obr
    8/29/2016 - 03:08 p.m.

    I don't think it is adorable.I think it's kinda creepy.Other people may think it's cute because of it's eyes, but not me I don't think it's cute.

  • tylern2-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:36 p.m.

    it looks sweet and it looks like it wont bite you.

  • kiral-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:37 p.m.

    The thing that makes the creature adorable is its big googly eyes because things with big eyes seem adorable and harmless to people.

  • jackelyno-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:40 p.m.

    The thing that makes the creature adorable is its eyes.

  • raylenes-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:44 p.m.

    i think that this creter isadrabal bacuse it eyes
    are big.

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