Rare squid much faster than thought, video proves

Taningia danaeFrom Nature Newsblog:

Squid vid shows swimming surprise

Pictures from the depths reveal luminous and speedy animal.

Japanese researchers have gained an insight into the behaviour of the elusive Taningia danae, one of the world’s largest squid species, thanks to the first footage of the deep-sea creature.

The video reveals that the animal is a speedy swimmer — not, as was thought, a lazy drifter.

Read the story here.

See also here.

Video of a smaller distant relative, the vampire squid, is here.

Vampire squid are tiny, like six inches long, and while they have several anatomical oddities, they possess nothing as ridiculous (though creative) as a “blood funnel”: here.

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