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 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 is closely related to a cuttlefish, 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 of 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, 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 (17)
  • charliet-orv
    8/26/2016 - 11:36 a.m.

    It's the eyes!

  • williamw-eat
    8/30/2016 - 11:45 a.m.

    its shape

  • kbrayden-dav
    9/01/2016 - 11:16 a.m.

    In response to "Big-eyed squid looks more like toy than animal," I agree that the squid was a new species. One reason I agree is that it looked very different fro any other squid species. Another reason is that it was 3,000 feet below sea level which is unusual. It says in the article the stubby squid didn't have chromatophores, cells that allow it to change color, as members of its species do,. A third reason is that it didn't look like any other squid species. It had eyes that looked like they were painted on. Even though it was not for real that it was a new species, I think it was a new and cute discovery.
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  • euman056-eva
    9/02/2016 - 02:19 p.m.

    sooooo cutee!!!!!!

  • euman056-eva
    9/02/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    sooo cute!!!!

  • madilyn-dav
    9/08/2016 - 08:01 p.m.

    In response to "Big-Eyed Squid Looks More Like Toy Than Animal," I agree that this odd-looking creature could be a new species. One reason I agree is that even though it looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus, it is more closely related to a cuttlefish. This means that this creature is a cross between the three different types of animals. Another reason is that this creature was found in an odd spot. It says in the article "It was spotted at nearly 3,000 feet, which is unusual." A third reason is because the creature had a lack of something that squids and octopi have. The article states that this weird creature "didn't have chromatophores, cells that allow it to change color, as members of its species do." Even though the creature looks very similar to a squid or an octopus, I think that this could be the start of a whole new species.

  • wjake-dav
    9/08/2016 - 08:15 p.m.

    In response to "Big-eyed squid looks more like a toy then a animal," I disagree that it looks like a toy more then a squid. One reason is that they would have records of it if it was a toy. It says in the article. Another reason is What little kid is going to go all the way in the middle of the ocean then drop it and even if that happens it probably would of be eaten by a animal. Even though it cant change colors like its relatives it also has many other characteristic, I think it still looks like a animal.

  • joshh-pav
    9/12/2016 - 10:02 a.m.

    I wonder what this thing eats! Probably more than it needs because its eyes are bigger than its stomach!

  • brennana1-bla
    9/15/2016 - 08:37 a.m.

    The creatures characteristics are all together adorable. The cuttlefish resemblance just adds on! What I think makes it so adorable would be the size, eyes, and the bright purple. The big eyes cause it to resemble a child's stuffed animal, which gives the cuddly and cute effect. The bright purple is just a nice color to go along with its stuffed animal resemblance.

  • kasha-bla
    9/15/2016 - 11:38 a.m.

    This creature is adorable because it looks like a toy. The googly eyes also. This article is cool and interesting.

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