Deep Sea Creatures Vol. 1: The Vampire Squid

Posted by on 02/11/2011

The ocean is the single largest environment in the world. There are thousands of species living deep into the darkness of the ocean, many in which most people have never heard about. Here in our blog, we take you with us deep into the waters to discover some of the more interesting deep sea creatures.

Volume 1: The Vampire Squid

“The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, lit. “vampire squid from ‘Hell‘”) is a small, deep-sea cephalopod found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. Unique retractile sensory filaments justify the Vampire Squid’s placement in its own order: Vampyromorphida (formerly Vampyromorpha), which shares similarities with both squid and octopuses. As a phylogenetic relict it is the only known surviving member of its order, first described and originally classified as an octopus in 1903 by German teuthologist Carl Chun, but later assigned to a new order together with several extinct taxa.”

For more information, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_squid

You can also watch this video for an up close shot of this amazing creature

Check back for more coverage of deep sea creatures!

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