A scientist wouldn’t get excited over a squid, right? Well, a googly-eyed squid that looks just like a toy impressed a whole team of scientists, and it even went viral!
The tiny, cute stubby squid ? scientifically known as Rossia pacifica ? was found 900 meters below the ocean surface by a team of scientists in California. It was caught on video by the underwater camera installed on their remote-operated submersible. The team, who initially believed the purple squid was a cuttlefish, said it looked like its eyes were painted on and even wondered if “some little kid dropped their toy.”
According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), this adorable squid belongs to a species of bobtail squids. The rare creature can be spotted in waters from Japan to California. The institute added that stubby squids can even be found at greater depths of 1,300 m.