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 (49)
  • zhaiyt-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:44 p.m.

    I think that this creature is adorable because it's eyes are so big.

  • edniap-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:45 p.m.

    Its cute because its eyes glows you can maybe hug it and its like a friend it can be a pet or not.

  • loganp-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:48 p.m.

    because it looks like cute like a little stuffed anmial

  • amaras-jen
    8/29/2016 - 03:48 p.m.

    It's super big eyes and it's tiny body makes it so adorable.

  • samr-sto
    9/01/2016 - 02:49 p.m.

    The creature is adorable because of its big eyes

  • olivial-orv
    9/01/2016 - 06:48 p.m.

    It's toy-like appearance makes it look like one of the beanie boos my sister has.

  • pkate-dav
    9/02/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    In response to "Big-eyed squid looks more like toy than animal
    ," I agree that this animal is adorable. One reason I agree is that the squid doesn't look scary, it looks harmless and kind of fake. Another reason is that it has very big eyes so when you look at its big eyes you would think it's cute! It says in the article "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." A third reason is that it looks like a cross between a baby squid and octopus. Even though it was just recently discovered, I think it was a great discovery and there will be so many more!

  • sierrab-ste
    9/07/2016 - 09:50 p.m.

    This creature seems harmless and sweet because of its big adorable eyes. However just because something looks cute and sweet it not always is.

  • giavannac-orv
    9/08/2016 - 04:24 p.m.

    It looks like a stuffed animal and stuffed animals can be "adorable".

  • michelangeloh-fer
    9/08/2016 - 05:04 p.m.

    This was a great story I very much enjoyed the little cute squid and I hope that more discoveries like this happen in the future

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