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A Vampire Squid

Despite it's name, the Vampire Squid is neither a vampire nor a true squid. Living between 3,300 and 13,000 feet (1,000 - 4,000 m) down, this evolutionary anomaly was given it's own order, Vampyromorpha, because it falls between the species of squids and of octopus. Octopii. Octopoo. Octopusses. Whatever.

About 8" long (20 cm), it has flashing phosphore lights it hides with tiny flaps of skin. Why don't humans have this stuff? How cool would that be? You could Morse Code- flash the jerk in front of you who is weaving in and out of traffic - ".--. .. -.-. -.- / .- / ..-. .-. .. -.-. -.- .. -. --. / .-.. .- -. -.. / .- -. -.. / ... - .. -.-. -.- / - --- / .. - !" Hahaha! But I digress. The "vampire" part of it's name comes from the dark, bat-like webbing between it's 8 rear octopus arms.

The other two arms, which bring the total to a non-octopii but squid-ish 10, are much longer than the others and have no suckers. Until needed, they are kept tucked in the handy pouches you see hanging in front, sort of like walking around with your hands in your pockets.
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