When this currently unidentified squid (possibly Discoteuthis
sp.) was observed, it appeared to be curled in upon itself with its arms folded in what may be a defensive posture. What appears to be the beak is visible towards the lower part of the center of the animal and is slightly lighter in color than the body. The behavior seen in this picture was described as “probably the most bizarre squid I’ve ever seen” by our cephalopod expert, Mike Vecchione. Download larger version (jpg, 836 KB).