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Vampire Squid's Big Eye
Vampire Squid Swimming In The Water
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Growth and Development
Not much is known about the Vampire squid because it spends its entire life cycle in the tropic and temperate parts of the ocean where there is little to no light. The life span of the Vampire Squid is unknown. The squid can reach up to 11 inches in length with females growing larger than the males. Vampire Squid's weight is not known.
Vampire squids usually drift through water columns in a horizontal position. They often use finned flight or jet propulsion to move. When the vampire squid uses jet propulsion it is capable of moving up to two body length per second and it is able to make rapid turns.
Not much is known about how a vampire squid reproduces but we do know that the fertilize conceptually the same way humans do and after that the female goes to the bottom of the ocean awaiting their day to hatch.
Vampire squid eat fish, crustaceans, shrimp, and other sea creatures including itself. The vampire squid has light-producing organs at the tips of the arms and they use them to attract and find food.
The vampire squid has developed the ability to turn itself inside out in order to avoid prey it can also propel at extremely fast speeds in order to avoid prey. The vampire squid also has two glowing organs on its body that when opened looks like an animal and it can use those "eyes" to make itself look farther away than it really is or to scare away a predator. If the predator that is hunting the squid gets to close it doesn't spray inc it sprays tiny little glowing particles to confuse the predator even more than it already is. Vampire squids live in total darkness so all the light that it gives off confuses its predators and attracts its prey. The vampire squid is believed to be a close relative of both squids and octopods.
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