Friday Squid Blogging: Vampyroteuthis infernalis

Amazing pictures.

Note that it lives at 2000-3000 feet below sea level, in no light and almost no dissolved oxygen. On the other hand, it's only a foot long.

Posted on September 7, 2007 at 4:50 PM • 8 Comments


Dom De VittoSeptember 8, 2007 1:42 AM

Correction: They grow to just under a FOOT long - not an inch.

It also has the ability to appear like it's moving away from predictors, and can deploy optical 'chaff' if it gets really worried.


Chris MastersSeptember 8, 2007 5:27 AM

You're linking to a squid-themed blog that does Friday Squid Blogging. Kind of makes your's redundant, no?

PZ MyersSeptember 8, 2007 11:44 AM

There's room on the web for an infinite number of blogs that do Friday Squid Blogging, and the web would be vastly improved if many more did so.

frog51September 8, 2007 12:43 PM

The optical effects this beast has are amazing - I like the whole turn inside out, turn on the headlights and squirt glowing mucus thing . . . wish I had thought of it!

KJESeptember 9, 2007 9:44 PM

If I recall correctly, this squid's name translates literally to "vampire squid from hell." Best. Squid. Ever.

yoyoSeptember 10, 2007 7:59 PM

I think it's great that you link to PZ, you both love squid and you both love science and clear thinking!

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