Purple Stubby Squid Charms Submersible Scientists
The little purple wonder was spotted by Nautilus Live researchers piloting a remotely operated vehicle.
Meet the Stubby squid (Rossia pacifica), a toy-like cephalopod just spotted off the coast of California by scientists with Nautilus Live, an ongoing scientific exploration of the seafloor by the Ocean Exploration Trust.
It's found in the Northern Pacific, from Japan to Southern California and, while not new to science, it's a creature that draws a lot of attention. For obvious reasons!
They have eight small arms and two retractable tentacles. They'll burrow into the sand and wait for prey, with just their eyes sticking out. This one will dine largely on live shrimp it snares in its tentacles. Fully grown, they're about 2.36 inches long (6 centimeters) -- about 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) including arms and tentacles.
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This cute fella was found about 2,950 feet (900 meters) below the surface, just minding its own business. Until, that is a remotely operated vehicle zoomed in for a closer look.
The accompanying video captures the scientists operating the vehicle as they react to the sight of this impossibly adorable seafloor critter.