Vampyroteuthis infernalis - vampire squid

Vampyroteuthis infernalis - vampire squid
Photographer: NOAA/MBARI / NOAA

A young Vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) surprised the research crew as we started to ascend from Sur Ridge in December 2013. Like many deep-sea cephalopds, vampire squid lack ink sacks. Instead of ink for defense, a sticky cloud of bioluminescent mucus is expelled from the arm tips.