Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vampire Squid

 think the reason I find squids so interesting is the fact I am so terrified by them. There is something about all those tentacles and those big set of eyes that just gives me the fuckin willies. Even with that being said, I gotta respect how unique these things really are.
            The Vampire Squid or (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) looks like a squid, lives like a squid but is actually in a different category of animal called cephalopods. It is believed these "Vampire Squids" pre-date the dinosaurs some 300 million years, within those years very little has changed with these creatures. The vampire squid has 8 tentacles, he can use these as defence as it can also turn itself pretty much inside out to avoid being eaten.
            The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Dr. Bruce Robison is worried that people just aren't caring enough about these animals or the zone in which they live in. If this zone continues to be poisoned by pollution, mining and other human activities it could end up biting us in the ass. This zone, the dark zone is host to all sorts of animals, a lot of which feed our food. By that I mean Tuna and lots of other sea life seek their food in this zone, if we continue to damage the ecosystem it will eventually effect the animals above, ultimately effecting us. Some of the things down there might look scary and might not be furry and cuddly but they deserve protection just as much as any other animal. It's easy not to give a fuck when something is so far below us.

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