Meet one of the ocean’s most adorable animals!

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Yes, it might look like a something out of the recent Finding Dory movie, or even a child’s toy, but in fact this googly-eyed Stubby squid is real.


A team of scientists on board the Exploration Vessel Nautilus spotted it off the coast of California at a depth of 900m/2,950ft (scroll down for video). 

They say: “The Stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) looks like a cross between an octopus and squid, but is more closely related to cuttlefish. This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish. 

Rossia pacifica is found in the Northern Pacific from Japan to Southern California up to 300m, but in addition to our sighting, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have spotted them at depths of 1,300 m (4,260 ft).”