Did you figure out who I am with? Let’s think about the clues. He has 8 legs. He has a name in common with a vampire. He lives in the deep dark ocean. And he has photophores, organs that make light.
I’m spending Halloween with a Vampire Squid! Despite his name, he is not truly a squid. He is an animal called a cephalopod. Cephalopod – a marine animal characterized by a large head and tentacles.
They can be different colors. Some are light red. The black ones give you a good idea where they got their name! Their big eyes help them see in the dark pelagic zone of the ocean. They can turn themselves inside out when approached by a predator. This helps protect them by putting their spines out toward the threat. This makes them appear more menacing. Would you want to mess with this guy?
Check out this video by National Geographic to see a vampire squid turn himself inside out. If you pay close attention, you will see him wink at you, too! I hope you had a spooky Halloween! We’ll talk soon, Love Kit.