Ocean Exploration Team Spots ‘Googly-Eyed’ Stubby Squid Off California Coast

While continuing to explore off the coast of Southern California, the ROV Hercules, launched from the E/V Nautilus, caught sight of a gorgeously purple stubby squid with big eyes that appeared to be painted onto his face.

The crew offered some entertaining banter about “googly-eyes” and children’s toys, but the serious little cephalopod wanted no part at all.

Stubby squid live in the Northern Pacific between Japan and Southern California, and are usually spotted at a depth of about 300 meters, though sightings have occurred at much lower depths.

The one in the video, for example, was located 900 meters below the ocean surface off the coast of California.