Bobtail Squids (aka Dumpling squids) are one of the smallest species of squid, ranging from 1 to 8 centimetres in length. They are closely related to Cuttlefish, although they do not possess a cuttlebone.
They are also one of the cutest animals to ever exist.
Bobtail squid have a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria which inhabit a special light organ in the squid’s mantle. The bacteria are fed a sugar and amino acid solution by the squid and in return hide the squid’s silhouette when viewed from below by matching the amount of light hitting the top of the mantle.
What a wonderful thing nature is.
OH MY GOD
LOOK AT THEM THEY LOOK LIKE LITTLE PSYCHEDELIC JELLYBEANS AAH THE ONE ON THE BOTTOM MIDDLE ALL CURLED UP LIKE A SLEEPY KITTY.
THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I’VE SEEN ON MY DASH ALL WEEK
Vampire Squid Are Sea’s Garbage Disposals
by Stephanie Pappas
Despite their name, vampire squid are not deep-sea bloodsuckers. In fact, new research finds these mysterious creatures are garbage disposals of the ocean.
Using long, skinny tendrils called filaments, vampire squid capture marine detritus hovering in the water ― from crustacean eyes and legs to larvae poop ― then coat it in mucus before chowing down, according to the new findings.
The discovery is a first for cephalopods, which include squid, octopus and cuttlefish, said study researcher Henk-Jan Hoving. “It’s the first record of a cephalopod that doesn’t hunt for living prey,” Hoving, a postdoctoral scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, told LiveScience.
Vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis), which grow to be about a foot (30 centimeters) long, are widespread but not well-known. Even their life spans remains a mystery. Their name comes from their dark coloring, red eyes and the cloak-like webbing between their arms. And as namesakes of the undead, vampire squid apparently have little need for breathing. They thrive in oceanic oxygen minimum zones, where the oxygen levels are sometimes less than 5 percent that of the surrounding air…
(read more: LiveScience) (photo: MBARI)
Bigfin Reef Squid Eye.
Is it a visitor from another planet? Actually, these juvenile bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) are being raised behind the scenes for possible future exhibit. Very few aquariums in the world are displaying this bizarre species, and we hatched these from eggs sent to us from Indonesia!
Sepioloidea lineolata, also known as the Striped Pyjama Squid (…)
A Silver Ocean Storm. By: veinsofmercury
Fan-art Friday. I’m going to make that a thing. I’ll post sea creature art everyday Friday. Is that cool with everyone? C:
Dumpling Squids Slowed Down by Sex
by Ella Davies
Promiscuous dumpling squid take 30 minutes to return to normal swimming speed after mating, say scientists. The short-lived cephalopods, named for their rotund shape, are known to mate with as many partners as possible. Researchers studying this behaviour found that swimming endurance was halved after mating for both sexes.
They described mating as “costly” for the squid because it reduced the energy available for avoiding predators and feeding. The study of wild-caught squid is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
“The squid mate for up to three hours and the male must physically restrain the female during this time,” said researcher Amanda Franklin from the University of Melbourne, Australia. “It was exciting for us to show that this affects their physical abilities after mating because this has not been shown before.”
Dumpling squid (Euprymna tasmanica) are members of the bobtail squid family and found along the southern coast of Australia…
(read more: BBC Nature) (photo: M. Norman)
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Bobtail Squid. (Todd Bretl)
1. Crown Jellyfish
Found in a canyon about 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) deep, this unidentified jellyfish is likely a type of Atolla, a genus of crown jellyfish that dwells only at depth. Photograph courtesy NIWA
2. ”Mickey Mouse” Squid
Commonly called a “mickey mouse” squid, this small sepiolid was discovered about 3,000 feet (900 meters) deep on a canyon wall. Photograph courtesy NIWA
3. Cup Coral
Unlike reef-building corals that form giant colonies, cup corals—such as this Stephanocyathus platypus, found 3,200 feet (1,000 meters) down—live solitary lives in their cuplike limestone exterior skeletons, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photograph courtesy NIWA
4. Honeycomb Glass Sponge
With a silicon-based skeleton, a new species of “beautiful and fragile” honeycomb glass sponge of the Farreagenus was found on a seamount at 3,100 feet (950 meters) deep—and it wasn’t alone. Photograph courtesy NIWA
The Tangaroa Seamount offered up a new species of tonguefish in the Symphurusgenus (pictured). Photograph courtesy NIWA
6. Coral, With a Side of Crab
Pictured with a crab emerging from its middle, this likely new species of Epizoanthuscoral has polyps that, when extended, resemble its close relative the sea anemone. Photograph courtesy NIWA
7. Sea Slug
A potential new species of sea slug was caught in a canyon at depths of 4,100 feet (1,250 meters). Photograph courtesy NIWA
8. Snake Stars
Yellowish snake stars of the species Asteroschema bidwillae were caught on an undersea peak called Tangaroa Seamount at a depth of 4,000 feet (1,220 meters). Photograph courtesy NIWA
9. UroptychusSquat Lobster
Found between depths of 2,130 feet (650 meters) and 4,600 feet (1,400 meters), this squat lobster of the Uroptychusgenus isn’t the first known specimen of its kind, but its species hasn’t yet been formally recognized. Photograph courtesy NIWA
The tonguefish is quite possibly the derpiest looking animal I have ever seen.
Source: National Geographic
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