A squid with shiny, bioluminescent “spotlights” tipping two of its arms and what look like waxy red lips shared a close encounter with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in deep ocean waters near Hawaii.
And the underwater face-to-face was captured in a spectacular video by cameras attached to the ROV, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
The squid even attached itself to the vehicle and “hung out there for several minutes,” according to a dive update posted on NOAA’s Okeanos Ocean Explorer website.
Though initially identified by a scientist on the vessel as a “whiplash squid,” the cephalopod was actually a Dana octopus squid, or Taningia danae. That animal is similar in size to a whiplash squid, but lacks the two long feeding tentacles that are common in most other squids.