A team of researchers captured footage of a rare “googly-eyed” squid off the coast of California (video below).
The footage was captured by a team from the E/V Nautilus using a remotely-operated research vessel to explore the ocean floor on the California coast on Aug. 12, KTLA reported.
As the vessel approached the purple creature, the team is heard debating whether it is an octopus or cuttlefish. Then they saw its eyes.
“They look like googly eyes. … It looks so fake!” one woman says in the video. “It’s like some little kid dropped their toy.”
The team eventually identified the creature as a Stubby squid, also known as Rossia pacifica. The squid is closely related to cuttlefish, according to the E/V Nautilus YouTube page.
“This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish,” the description of the YouTube video read.
Stubby squid are usually spotted in the Northern Pacific between Japan and Southern California at about a depth of 300 meters. The one in the video was located 900 meters below the ocean surface.
The video of the googly-eyed squid has been viewed more than 360,000 times since being uploaded on Aug. 12.