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Vampyroteuthis infernalis

The vampire squid is neither a squid nor an octopus. It is the only living member of the cephalopod order Vampyromorpha which gave rise to both squids and octopuses. Vampire squids are often found lurking in the oxygen minimum zone, an area ranging from 500 to 700 meters deep (in the Monterey Bay) which is very low in dissolved oxygen and thus hosts very little life within its boundaries. © 2004 MBARI

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