ForexTV NewsDesk | September 26 2012 9:54 EDT
ForexTV.com (New York) by John Cocchiola
Although there have been questions, it was mistakenly theorized that, like other cephalopods (squid and octopus type creatures), the Vampire Squid was a predator, but finally after years of head scratching research, scientists have finally discovered what the Vampire Squid eats. Thanks to a new study and some high definition video cameras, scientists were able to solve the mystery diet of the Vampire Squid. The species is a scavenger and eats garbage, dead fish and fish feces, or “ocean snow.”
Jan Hoving, a research scientist at The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute claims that, “It’s the first record of a cephalopod that doesn’t hunt for living prey.” Although they were believed to be predators, vampire squid were never thought to be undead bloodsuckers. They got the “vampire” name because of their red eyes, and a cape like webbing that spreads across their tentacles (they sure are creepy looking things).
The vampire squid can grow to about a foot long. The stomach contents of captured vampire squid revealed that their diet was different from similar species; the semi-digested food was held together with a cement-like mucus substance.
The suckers on the tentacles of vampire squid don’t suck; they excrete mucus. The vampire squid looks for some nice ocean debris, dead fish or fish feces, coats it with its own mucus and then eats (gross).
It seems that since they don’t need to hunt, the vampire squid can live under the more populated ocean depths, and wait for their meals to sink down to their level. They have adapted to live in water that contains very little oxygen and very little light, but they can make their own light, which is called bioluminescence. Their self made light helps them locate their meals in deep, dark water and makes the vampire squid seem even creepier than they already are.
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