Scientists Spot a Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid Off California Coast

Michele Debczak
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The live-stream from the Nautilus research vessel has provided viewers with a gold mine of cute sea-creature content. Last month, researchers spotted a mysterious purple orb near California’s Channel Islands, and now they’ve stumbled upon yet another bizarre organism off the west coast.

As Quartz explains, the adorably goofy cephalopod in the video below is known as a stubby squid or North Pacific bobtail squid. Rossia pacifica is actually a closer relative to the cuttlefish, and it can be found throughout the northern Pacific. It spends much of its time embedded in the seafloor with its wide eyes peering out from the sediment in search of prey.

The 2016 Nautilus expedition is being led being by Ocean Exploration Trust president Robert Ballard. The famed deep-sea explorer’s list of credentials include the discovery of hydrothermal vents, the German battleship Bismarck, and the Titanic. “Nautilus Live” is his latest effort to bring oceanic science to a wider audience. The mission concludes on September 12, but based on their track record you can expect to see a lot more adorable discoveries from the vessel between now and then.

[h/t Quartz]

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