This charming creature with bright eyes looks like a character from a cartoon.
An underwater rover, attached to the research vessel “E/V Nautilus” on the coast of California, observed this cute chubby creature.
It observed at a depth of about 900 meters.
Biologists have identified this creature as “Rossia pacifica” – a kind of squid.
This squid looks like an octopus and a squid, but in fact it is much more closely related to cuttlefish.
They have the round body of cuttlefish and have no solid internal structure.
They had the same number of tentacles as cuttlefish. Although eight of them are suckers, and two longer ones to capture prey.
The beautiful purple color is partly due to bio-luminescent bacteria that inhabited its body.
These animals spend most of their life on the seabed. When they don’t want to be exposed, they produce a kind of adhesive coating.
They bury themselves in the sediment for camouflage and only their huge eyes “peep” from the sand, looking for prey.
They can live at various locations and are recorded in the regions of North Pacific from Japan and to South California, usually at a depth of about 300 meters.