Vampire Squid from Hell

Vampyroteuthis infernalis

… is the literal translation of this lovely creature’s formal name, Vampyroteuthis infernalis. Isn’t is a cutie? I mean, look at that mouth.

I got this link and photo from this Friday Cephalopod page on Pharyngula, and as I understand it, P Z Myers acquired it from The Tree of Life web project which must be the slowest, flakiest science site in existence because it keeps timing out on me.

To get back on-topic, here’s a movie of the squid in action, in a mashup of National Geographic footage and a music track posted by QuarksAreStrange on YouTube:

Vampire Squid from Hell (3200 Feet Under Sea Level)

Also, a clip from David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series, also linked into the same day’s Pharyngula open thread:

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