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Deep-water cephalopods are the cutest things ever

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 19, 2016 09:00 AM
The flapjack octopus has competition for most adorable deep-sea cephalopod. This cuttlefish is Rossia pacifica, AKA the googly-eyed stubby squid. Life way down there is really weird and wonderful.
Deep-water cephalopods are the cutest things ever

What the?! This creature is real.

The exploration vessel E/V Nautilus recorded footage of this awesome cuttlefish at the crushing depths of 900 meters (~3000 feet) off the coast of California. This coastline is known for many incredible deep-sea denizens cutie-pies including the famous flapjack octopus (this critter is a must-see).

According to the Nautilus team, "[Rossia pacifica] 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.”  And what big eyes they have!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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