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Described by our resident cephalopod expert as “probably the most bizarre squid I’ve ever seen,” we encountered this unusual squid while exploring an unnamed mound at a depth of ~850 meters (2,790 feet) during Dive 04 of the Gulf of Mexico 2018 expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.
Its arms were folded back in what may be a defensive posture, but to such an extreme degree, it had lost its squid-like appearance.
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2018.
Learn more about the expedition here: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1803/welcome.html