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Vampire 'Squid from Hell' revealed

Posted on Thursday, 27 September, 2012 | Comment icon 28 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: Carl Chun (1911)

Scientists have revealed new details about a truly bizarre creature based on 30 years of research.

The vampiric 'Squid from Hell' is a strange combination of squid and octopus and is so unusual that it is the only species in its taxonomy category. Specimens are typically 13cm in length and live in warm oceans at depths of between 2000-3000ft. The squid is capable of using dark-blue bioluminescence to help conceal itself from predators and sports a set of 1 inch eyes to help detect movement.

Believed to feed exclusively on the corpses of dead sea creatures, the squid's most unusual feature is its bizarre umbrella-like mouth which opens up to reveal a set of octopus-like arms complete with suckers and finger-like spines. It even possesses a second set of arms that can reach out much further than the length of the creature before retracting them within neat little pockets inside the webbing of its mouth.

"The squid is so weird that it is known as a ‘phylogenetic relic’."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 28 September, 2012, 5:15
that's a cool animal
Comment icon #20 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 28 September, 2012, 9:02
Comment icon #21 Posted by Lava_Lady on 28 September, 2012, 9:58
I admit it's a pretty cool little cephalopod, but, vampires are the living dead feeding on life. This guy is alive and feeds on the dead... Maybe they could have given it a name. Something like, necro-squid or calamari-thanatophile.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 28 September, 2012, 12:42
But what of Vampire Bats? Yes, a vampire is a European paranormal creature, but a vampire is also something that prey's ruthlessly on others.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Painnsufferin on 29 September, 2012, 5:25
And how does it taste ?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lava_Lady on 29 September, 2012, 7:01
Yes, I see your point. Vampire bats drink blood from other animals and vampire squids eat dead animals... ruthlessly preying on ocean carrion drifting across the bottom of the sea. hehehe!
Comment icon #25 Posted by justcalmebubba on 29 September, 2012, 14:55
hummmm...another good idea for a new sci fi with the artical about nasa sending a boat to explore titan ooooohhhh the brain cells in my mind are starting to fire and i feel the earge to have a insperational moment ....yes yes yesss pirates of titan... working in this vampric squid into the fine details yes yes yes oh god yess ...(flips hair like haveing a multi hair fliping orgasm)
Comment icon #26 Posted by ShadowOfMothman on 30 September, 2012, 19:16
I always thought that Vampiroteuthis was an amazing animal. It's nice to see that we have learned a bit more about them
Comment icon #27 Posted by Mystic_Investigations on 23 October, 2012, 20:06
A more appropriate classification from be a Ghoul Squid since Ghouls exclusively eat dead flesh. Vampires exclusively consume live blood, and don't eat flesh. Certainly the blood, and flesh of the dead is poison to them.

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