Vampire squid live at the ocean’s depths where there are relatively few predators and eat “marine snow” — a mixture of “dead bodies, poop, and snot” according to researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The press release: MBARI researchers discover what vampire squids eat
(it’s not what you think)
(Thank you press office for including the headline that writes itself, “dead bodies, poop and snot,” something we think draws readers in).
The paper: Hendrik J. T. Hoving and Bruce H. Robison, Vampire squid: detritivores in the oxygen minimum zone Proc. R. Soc. Brspb20121357; published ahead of print September 26, 2012, doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1357 1471-2954
Given that we’ve blogged ad nauseum on the metaphorical vampire squid Goldman Sachs we thought we’d quickly post on actual vampire squids. Apparently these creatures are of interest to evolutionary biologists as they are archaic octopus or advanced squid or somewhere in the middle or something like that. And no one really knew what they ate.
Now we know. Continue with the metaphor. Here’s a video: