You've probably never seen a squid quite like the cockatoo squid—or squinted so much to see any squid, for that matter.
As Laughing Squid reports, the Ocean Exploration Trust's Nautilus research ship recently captured impressive footage of the cockatoo squid (Taonius borealis)—also commonly referred to as the "glass squid"—while exploring the deep waters of Juan de Fuca Canyon off the coast of British Columbia's Salish Sea. Why is it called a "cockatoo" squid? The reason for that becomes abundantly clear once you get a closer look at the cephalopod, which sports a head crest that looks oddly similar to a cockatoo's.
As for the story behind its alternate name, that requires even less explanation: Like glass, this deep-sea creature is completely transparent—but that doesn't mean it's lacking in color. The 60-plus known species of cockatoo squids, which are most commonly found in the North Pacific Ocean, all have color-changing chromatophores that allow them to glow a red hue or get spots.
You can watch this amazing creature in action in the video below:
[h/t: Laughing Squid]