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Vampire Squid

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Colin Hefferon

on 22 October 2012

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Vampyroteuthis Infernalis Vampire Squids eat mostly dead bodies, faeces, dead crustaceans and crustacean molts.

The dead bodies are the remains of microscopic algae and animals that live in the waters farther up in the ocean, but sink down into the depths after they die.
The waste consists of fecal pellets from zoo plankton, krill and small shrimp-like animals. Diet
It is believed that the Vampire Squid reproduce by the males depositing sperm into the sac of
the female. She deposits fewer eggs than other squid species and the eggs are also larger in size.

The females may store the sperm for several weeks before they allow them to fertilize
the eggs.

She will stay in the general area of these deposited eggs until they are ready to hatch.
This can take about 13 months. Soon after their offspring are born the females will die.

The offspring do not need to feed for the first few weeks of life.They have an internal type of yolk
that they are able to get nutrition from. Reproduction
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Gestation Defense
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Attack Facts "hope you liked it" By: Colin Hefferon Habitat The Vampire Squid's habitat is in the temperate and tropical regions of the ocean at a depth of 2,000 to 3,000
feet below sea level The Vampire Squid Description The Vampire Squids are not very fast swimmers. When they are threatened they do not shoot out ink like other squids. They release a type of mucus that is sticky and that pours out for up to ten minutes.

They do not have to rely on this defense very often because there are not many predators at that depth in the ocean.

When threatened, the squid can draw its arms up over itself and form a defensive web that covers its body.

The Vampire Squid does not attack its food source. Therefore, the squid does not have sophisticated attack methods.
The Vampire Squid is considered to be a living fossil. It has lived in the oceans for millions of years. It has adapted to live in the earth oceans in depths where there is almost no oxygen and hardly any predators.

The Vampire Squid is capable of producing flashes of light from organs covering its skin called photophores. They can flash their lights for seconds to several minutes. Colin The Vampire Squid lives deep in the sea. It has a dark red body and huge eyes that can appear red or blue depending on the light. Its has the largest eyes relative to its body size of any animal. The Vampire Squid is about six inches in length and is the shape of a football. This unique squid has a cloak like web that stretches between its eight arms which makes it look more like an octopus than a squid. The cloak like webbing and red eyes gives the Vampire Squid its unusual name. Its scientific name is Vampyroteuthis infernalis, which means 'vampire squid from hell'.

Similar to other squid species, the vampire squid has webbed arms and a pair of retractable sensory filaments, which are similar to the two long tentacles found on squids. It has two powerful beak-like jaws. These jaws are strong enough to crush the shells of crustaceans.

The vampire squid has a very gelatinous form, that looks more like a jellyfish than a common squid.
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