Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to dive into the deep once again. I hope you are ready to meet some incredibly bizarre fish. Now, let’s investigate the unknown depths below!
- Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infenalis) Size: 40 cm Depths found in: 600-1500 m
The Vampire Squid is an incredibly grotesque creature of the deep sea. It has blood red eyes, and a pineapple-shaped body. The creature has many dangerous-looking “fangs” that appear on the underside of its mantle. The Vampire Squid has the awesome ability to spit bioluminescent clouds from its arms. This is used as a defense mechanism, and the cloud glows for ten minutes. This creature’s origins date back over 200 million years, and it has common traits of both squid and octopus.
- Pompei worm (Alvinella pompejana) Size: 15 cm Depths found in: 2600-2850 m: The Pompei worm is an extremely strange creature that is found on the bottom of the sea. It is said to be the only creature that can survive bathing in extreme temperatures. The creatures live on the walls of active undersea chimneys, which usually collapse under their weight. Marine Biologists are still trying to figure out how the worm resists such harsh temperatures.