Have You Ever Seen a Squid Like This?

2 years ago
A unique deep sea squid with extra long and suction-less clubs at first appears shy for the cameras.

There answer should be no, because the following video — in which Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured film of the Squid in its natural habitat 1000 to 2000 meters below the ocean surface — is the first time this thing has ever been recorded.

Until now, much of what scientists had deciphered about the extremely reclusive squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi had come from corpses that had washed up on shore. Like all squids, it has eight arms and two feeding tentacles or clubs. On this squid, however, the feeding tentacles are longer than any squid you’ve probably ever seen.

What makes it even more unique is that its clubs lack any sort of suction or adhesive pads, as well as a lack of bioluminescence — traits that makes it truly special among its squid brethren. The lack of grappling tools on the arms normally used for hunting has left scientists confused as to how it feeds. Using a remotely operated vehicle, MBARI observed G. bonplandi, taking careful notes on how it moves and possibly how it hunts.

After viewing the footage, scientists believe the squid uses its clubs to mimic the movements of other small ocean life to attract it’s prey.

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