Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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26 September 2012

Images related to the MBARI News Release
MBARI researchers discover what vampire squids eat (it's not what you think)

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Vampyroteuthis swimming

This photo, taken in the lab, shows a vampire squid swimming with one of its filaments extended (upper left corner).
Image credit: Kim Reisenbichler © 2005 MBARI.


Vampyroteuthis with food particle in mouth

This frame grab from video taken by one of MBARI's ROVs shows a vampire squid with its web open, revealing a bit of marine snow in its mouth (the white spot at center of arms). Other bits of marine snow appear as white specks in the water around the animal. The soft, finger-like projections on the animal's arms (cirri) may help the animal transfer food to its mouth.
Image credit: © 2011 MBARI


Vampyroteuthis with filament between its arms

This close up view shows a vampire squid using its arms to scrape food off of one of its filaments.
Image credit: © 2008 MBARI


Vampyroteuthis with feeding filament extended

This frame grab from an underwater video shows a vampire squid in a typical feeding position, drifting horizontally in the deep sea with one of its filaments extended.
Image credit: © 2011 MBARI


Vampyroteuthis with feeding filament extended

This close up view shows a vampire squid with its feeding filament extended.
Image credit: © 2008 MBARI


Vampyroteuthis with feeding filament extended

A rear view of a vampire squid with its feeding filament extended.
Image credit: © 2010 MBARI


Vampyroteuthis infernalis

Vampire squids continue to amaze both researchers and the general public with their unusual appearance, adaptations, and survival strategies.
Image credit: © 2004 MBARI


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