The Vampire Squid from Hell

The Vampire Squid from Hell

With a scientific name that means "the vampire squid from hell," you'd expect the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) to be a fearsome predator terrorizing the deep. Despite its demonic look, that isn't the case; instead, the vampire squid collects and eats drifting particles called "marine snow" using two long, sticky filaments. It doesn't seem like much food to fuel a foot-long cephalopod, but it's enough for its slow lifestyle in dark, low-oxygen water with few predators.

Tags: Feeding, Cephalopods, Squids, MBARI, New discoveries

Despite its demonic look, the vampire squid <a href="http://www.mbari.org/news/news_releases/2012/vampfood/vampfood-release.h... ref="nofollow">collects and eats drifting particles</a> called "<a href="/ocean-news/marine-snow-staple-deep">marine snow</a>" using two long, sticky filaments.

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