The Exploration Vehicle Nautilus crew spotted a “cute” Stubby Squid off the coast of California at a depth of 2,950 feet, and the discovery has sparked a lot of attention.
Here’s raw footage of the excited crew, who call the squid “googly-eyed” and “cute.”
“It’s like some little kid dropped their toy,” said one of them.
Octopus and squid combined
You can see why. The stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) looks like a cross between an octopus and squid, but is more closely related to cuttlefish. The 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, but in addition to the EV Nautilus crew’s sighting, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have spotted the species at depths of 4,260 ft.