ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Real Vampire of the Deep

Updated on October 25, 2014

The Most Haunting Deep Sea Animal

He is not your typical Halloween character, but he is plenty creepy and kooky, and since he's kind of a squid, he certainly deserves a spot in the hallowed halls of a Halloween lens on Squidoo!

What makes this strange creature, who only lives in the extreme deep and hellish world of deep sea, so intimidating, is not the fact that he has fangs or sucks your blood. He does neither of these. What makes him Dracula-like is his grand red and black cape. The cape serves him well. It helps him to hide from predators, to catch his favorite food (shrimp) and to collect oxygen, which is extremely sparse in his part of the world.

Our Vampire Squid has for the most part a sweet and delicate life.... but with a sinister underbelly, and a very scary eye!

Photo Credit: Vampire Squid

The Vampire Cape
The Vampire Cape

Science Fiction?

No! Non Fiction... it truly lives!

The vampire squid, known to scientists as Vampyroteuthis infernalis, 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 largest eyes (relative to its body size) of any animal. Though it is relatively small, growing to a length of only about six inches, it has globular eyeballs as large as the eyes of a large dog.

He's nearly covered in organs which he uses to create light in his deep and dark ocean habitat. He can use his lighting to trick his predators (or perhaps his prey) into a disorienting and dizzying frenzy! Do you think he takes advantage of this? Why of course he does!

Vampire Squid breathe quite easily at oxygen saturations as low as 3%; a feat few other animals, can claim. That alone makes him quite the spooky cephalopod!

Vampire Squid from Hell! - The Scariest Creature of the Deep

Eye of the Vampire Squid

Your eye is stunning!

I am at once both

hypnotized and fearful.

Your mystic blue is like a doorway

to a world I dare not wish to

step into.

Your stare is intimidating.

What do you see

with that incredible eye?

Vampire Des Abysses

Vampire Des Abysses
Vampire Des Abysses

Vampire Squid - Ancient Species faces new dangers

Excerpts from Unedited Transcript

This menacing looking squid is just one of many species "out of sight and out of mind" that could be threatened by human activities far away from the part of the ocean in which they live.


Vampyroteuthis infernalis is a type of living fossil, meaning that it has seen very little change since it first appeared, before dinosaurs, about 300 million years ago.


"Vampyroteuthis has very large eyes, because it lives about a half a mile deep in the ocean, where the light is very dim. We took these pictures from a deep diving robotic submarine. And you can see the reflection of our lights in that beautiful blue eye."

It has a unique ability to react when it is startled. It can curl its web and arms around the rest of its body-turning sort of 'inside out.' This change in appearance may help it avoid being attacked by predators.

These cephalopods --they're technically not squids-- live in the deep ocean with millions of other species, some of which are little-known and on which little study has been done.


"They are threatened by ocean warming, decreasing oxygen, pollution, overfishing, industrialization and dozens of other changes taking place in the deep. We have a responsibility to learn all we can about these amazing animals and to protect them from the greatest danger to life in the deep: the human species."

The Order of Vampyromorphida

The vampire squid is an ancient species and is a phylogenic relic, meaning that is is the only surviving member of the order Vampyromorphida. It is a unique member of the cephalopod family in that it shares similarities with both squid and octopi.

LIght in the Darkness - A ghostly beast!

Light in the Darkness
Light in the Darkness

The Vampire Squid has one more sinister trick up his "sleeves".

He has the ability to glow, in the deep and dark world of the ocean's bottom.

Using his bioluminescence skill, he lights himself up, creating a chaotic situation to those whom he might otherwise eat, or be eaten by in the deep and dark, nearly lifeless world of the extreme deep waters of the world.

Where's the Octopus?

Vampire squid has some cousins who do quite a number on the masking game!

Did you want more? - He's certainly worth "exploring" is he not?

Dracula, beware! The Vampire Squid is here to stay! Best not find yourself in the deeper parts of the ocean!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)