Researchers captured video of a ‘googly-eyed’ stubby squid on the ocean floor off the coast of California.
The video was shot by researchers on the E/V Nautilus, using a remote controlled underwater vehicle.
According to the expedition, the scientific name of the squid is Rossia pacifica and it looks like a cross between an octopus and a squid, but is more closely related to the cuttlefish.
This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish. Rossia pacifica is found in the Northern Pacific from Japan to Southern California up to 300m, but in addition to our sighting, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have spotted them at depths of 1,300 m (4,260 ft).
The squid was spotted at a depth of 2,950 feet.
The Nautilus is currently studying the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary contains over 400 shipwrecks, including a World War II-era aircraft carrier, the USS Independence.