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Vampyroteuthis

DWhatley

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Published on Jun 20, 2014
http://www.sciencefriday.com
Its Latin name translates as "the vampire squid from hell." And while its crimson skin and glowing eyes support its title, deep sea ecologists like Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have come to see the vampire squid as the antithesis of a bloodsucking predator. In fact, studies have shown that Vampyroteuthis infernalis is actually a gentle steward of the ocean's depths, gracefully foraging on marine detritus.

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DWhatley

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Vampire Squid From Hell
He Liu 2020 Subjecto.com full article and pdf available

Not a great article and not written by a native English speaker but it does list a lot of facts about Vampyroteuthis. Of note (contradicting an earlier assumption) is the conclusion that vampy lays multiple sets of eggs.

Introduction

The vampire squids are like from out of a midnight science fiction film. They have a gelatinous form and two big fins on its body likes their ears. The blue or red eyes are really big compared to their small body. The vampire squid is a glowing creature, the body is covered with luminous organs, which can make them glow and turn completely invisible arbitrary due to the deep sea they lived in. And different from most squid and octopus they don’t have ink. On their “arms” they have finger-like projection that looks like fangs, thus giving them the name “vampire squid”. The pair of “arms” changes into a long fine shape and can be stretched to twice the length of its body. They are using the retractile tentacles and the other shorter tentacles together to catch prey. When danger comes, the tentacles can cover the body, forming a protective pins. For a gelatinous animals, they swim very fast, and reach to their fastest speed within 5 seconds. They also can make several sharp turns to run away from predators. Their fins help them swim and stroke, like penguins and turtles do. Even though their called vampire squid, they are not in anyway harmful. They do not feed on blood. They are like the ghost, unfettered wandering from place to place.
 
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@DWhatley ... the teacher in me was cringing at how poorly that was referenced. LOL. It did have some interesting facts in it... but I'll admit that a few of the "interpretations" this essay made from its sources skew the original material and give a different meaning entirely.
 

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