Rare Video Shows Deep-Sea Squid Fighting Epic Battle With an Owlfish
In the footage, a squid tries to eat a larger owlfish.
This rare video published on January 13 shows a deep-sea squid (Gonatus onyx) fighting to eat what appears to be a larger owlfish (Pseudobathylagus milleri). The video was made with the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts, by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
The squid, also called the clawed armhook squid or black-eyed squid, lives in the northern Pacific Ocean from Japan to California. It is thought to grow to a mantle length of 7 inches (18 centimeters). (In squid, all the part of the body behind the head is the mantle, including the fins.)
The squid is an active predator that patrols the depths for fish and shrimp.
The owlfish Pseudobathylagus milleri, also called the stout blacksmelt,