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The vampire squid is an ancient species and is a phylogenic relict, meaning that is is the only surviving member of the order

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Vampire Squid Vampyroteuthis infernalis, not because it sucks blood but "because they have the ability to ‘cape’ themselves up with their membrane, which is black underside, looking just like a vampire wearing a black cape!"

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vampyroteuthis, or vampire squid, is a cephalopod that lives in the oxygen minimum zone of monterey bay, california, at depths of 600-900 meters.

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Inverted Vampire squid. Vampire squid have eight webbed arms, tipped with suckers and lined with fleshy spines (called cirri), and two retractable sensory filaments. When threatened, it inverts so that the cirri point outwards in a menacing fashion

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from Live Science

Gallery: Vampire Squid from Hell

Vampire of the Deep Credit: Kim Reisenbichler © 2005 MBARI Vampyroteuthis infernalis, literally "vampire squid from hell," is a mysterious deep-sea species.

from Live Science

Gallery: Vampire Squid from Hell

Vampyroteuthis infernalis (vampire squid from hell) - Researchers discovered that vampire squids do not eat live prey, but bits of organic debris that sink to the ocean surface, where there is almost no oxygen but relatively few predators.

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from Etsy

Vampire Squid from Hell Necklace, Vampyroteuthis infernalis pendant

Vampire Squid from Hell Necklace Vampyroteuthis infernalis pendant (24.00 USD) by indolentjellyfish

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