Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vampire Squid

The creature looks like it came right out of the imagination of a science fiction writer. Strange as it seems, it's real and it lives in deep cold waters. The vampire squid might give a jolt when it assumes its defensive posture. In a threat response called "pumpkin" or "pineapple posture", the creature inverts its caped arms back over the body, presenting an ostensibly larger form covered in fearsome-looking, though harmless spines. This squid grows to about a foot long, has eight arms, and then another pair of thin arms tucked into pockets outside the web that connects the eight arms. The body is velvety brown. Even though it appears gelatinous, it is a strong swimmer that can be found buzzing around in deep waters. They are found in tropical and temperate waters in depths of up to 3,000 feet.

Eddy Rizal

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