Now on Exhibit: Two Rare Deep-Sea Cephalopods! We just added two striking deep-sea animals to our Tentacles special exhibition: the vampire squid and the Japetella octopus. The vampire squid has never.
The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) is a deep-sea cephalopod, up to 30 cm long, found in the temperate and tropical oceans. It shares similarities with both squid and octopuses and is regarded as a living fossil.
Vampire Squid - photophores light up when threatened distracting predators. It can also release a cloud of glowing mucous, dazing predators, while it escapes. This photo of firefly squids is being used as an example of bio-luminescence.