US aquarium puts Vampire squid on display

8d19f689-be26-4e51-bbc9-83008389ead7

Editor's Picks
 A perfect place for your Fighter to rest his little fins — the Betta Bed Leaf Hammock.
Gear Post
Review: Betta Bed Leaf Hammock
21 November 2017
 Just look at that little face... No wonder then, that so many fishkeepers find these little puffers so hard to resist.
Features Post
Join the puffer fish fan club!
28 September 2017
 Special care needs to be taken when catching Pictus catfish and other species with spines.
Features Post
Travels with your fish
03 August 2017


A public aquarium in California has become the first to put a deep sea Vampire squid on display.

Monterey Bay Aquarium put the specimen of Vampyroteuthis infernalis on exhibit last week. It was collected on April 30 with the help of the aquarium's sister organisation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Despite the species' sinister appearance and its scientific name — which means 'vampire squid from hell' — this animal is actually a scavenger. Monterey Bay Aquarium explains that the Vampire squid lives on "marine snow" that rains down from above: a mixture of poo, dead animal parts and mucus.

Another rare deep sea specimen, the Japetella octopus has been added to the same exhibit in the aquarium's new 'Tentacles' special exhibition. This octopus has chromatophores that enable it to change its appearance from see-through with spots to an almost solid orange colour.

Why not take out a subscription to Practical Fishkeeping magazine? See our latest subscription offer.

Don't forget that PFK is now available to download on the iPad.