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Old October 31st, 2001, 07:33 AM
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The vampire squid looks more like something that swam out of a late-night science fiction movie. The squid has large fins at the to of its body that resemble large ears. It is very gelatinous in form, resembling a jellyfish more than the common squid. The vampire squid has the large eyes. It is a small animal, growing to a length of about six inches, bit it has globular eyeballs the size of a large dog. The vampire squid's body is covered with light-producing organs called photophores. This gives the squid the unique ability to "turn itself on or off" at will. When the photophores are off, the squid is completely invisible in the dark waters where it lives. These squid live as deep as 3000 feet. Unlike other squid and octopi, the vampire squid has no ink sack. The vampire squid's arms are covered with sharp toot-like spikes. This gives the animal its name. One pair of arms has been modified into retractile filaments that can extend to twice the body length of the animal. The squid may use these arms to capture its prey. When threatened, the squid can draw its arms up over itself and form a defensive web that covers its body. The vampire squid can swim extremely fast for a gelatinous animal. It can reach a speed of 2 body lengths per second and can accelerate to this speed in only 5 seconds. If danger is present, it can make several quick turns in an attempt to escape its enemies. The vampire squid is found throughout the world in most tropical and temperate regions.
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Old October 31st, 2001, 07:45 AM
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You mean I have been swimming with THAT!!!???!!!
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Old October 31st, 2001, 07:52 AM
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Hahaha CC! Yes you have, if you swim 3,000 feet below the surface. Don't worry, there's room for everyone in Mother, Mother Ocean... Uh oh, see what you've done? Don't get me started. lol
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Old October 31st, 2001, 08:00 AM
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Yuk. Still think it looks like my high school English teacher, but not as fat. Cool.
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Old October 31st, 2001, 09:03 AM
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CC....you and I are safe.....we are surface swimmers, remember???
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Old October 31st, 2001, 10:06 AM
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He can have the deep waters, I glady concede that!!!!
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Old October 31st, 2001, 11:09 AM
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Thanks for the great OF Mermaid. I think this creature looks like someone I use to be married too. I'm glad that we don't scuba dive that deep.
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Old October 31st, 2001, 06:50 PM
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Thanks, Ingrid, for keeping us up to date on all the latest yicky information........hehe.....Mary
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