Great Squid!

Japanese scientists have for the first time captured on film a deep-sea squid that flashes its prey with a blinding light before attacking, rendering it as stunned as a deer in headlights. Watch the cephalopod in action.

The eight-armed creature may also use bioluminescence to judge the distance to its meal and to communicate, the researchers report in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

If you’re craving more deep-sea mysteries, check out the structure that looks remarkably like a paved road in the Gulf of Mexico, or a Connecticut-size region of the Indian Ocean that glows in the dark.


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