todropscience: The Narrownose chimaera (Harriotta raleighana),…

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 13:30


The Narrownose chimaera (Harriotta raleighana), occurs in deep waters of the continental slopes in depths of 380 to 2,600 m in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  They are oviparous but nothing is known of spawning and reproduction and very few juveniles have been collected. It was filmed swimming 10 m above the seafloor in Hydrographer Canyon, off the coast of Nantucket Island in the US.

Is it me or is it pretending to be a squid? What the hell is going on down there that looking like a squid is a useful adaptation? I mean aren’t squid cannibalistic?