Black Water: Clown Squid

Young animals stay near the surface until maturity, but large ones like the squid pictured above, stay down deep and only come to the surface at night.  Adult animals are so rare, it is likely that none have been seen alive and only a few exist in museum collections.  A quiet hush fell over the blackwater divers when I picked up the large specimen for shipment to a cephalopod expert as we all realized that at our feet lay one of the rare night beasties that could show up on our favorite dive.  Once again, we are reminded of just how many animals we have yet to see down there.

-Jeffrey Milisen
MSc.

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