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The Case of the Green-Eyed Squid

Chris Higgins
YouTube // Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
YouTube // Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) / YouTube // Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
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The strawberry squid is a beautiful creature. As you'd expect, it's strawberry-colored, but that's not its most unusual feature; this squid has one normal eye (blue, a bit sunken) and one gigantic fluorescent green eye. But why?

In the deep, dim sea, predators and prey use bioluminescence as camouflage. It seems that the strawberry squid has adapted each eye for specific uses. Let MBARI explain in this beautiful short video:

[h/t The Kid Should See This.]

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