Jun 18, 2008

Scientific Deduction

I've searched and searched for some evidence of vampirism in the Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, lit. "vampire squid from hell"). My first thought was, hey, they live in low oxygen levels (as little as 3% saturation). Maybe they 'suck' oxygen from their prey. Nope. Then I thought that since they live in a nearly aphotic (lightless) environment, maybe they're allergic to light. But no, these creatures are highly bioluminescent--they have photophores all over their body, and spray a glowing fireworks cloud in place of ink.

There's no mention of them being able to transform into a bat (or, batray?), and they do have a reflection. Obviously, they can cross running water. That leaves only the possibility that they are allergic to garlic or crosses. That, my friends, is scientific deduction.

Thanks for the photo, Ida.

Photo source: Sharenator


Anonymous said...

You know, they might be unable to enter your home unless invited. So there.

Anonymous said...

When first sighted, it appeared to the discoverer to have "dark-red skin, purplish-black web, fins, white beak and deep-set red eyes."

Cut and paste the link if you want to see my tattoo of one - : )
From this photo http://ecurriculum.mv.ac.th/elibrary/gerneral/mystry/vampy1.jpg

Hooray for my favorite animal!!

Jack Ruttan said...

I have lost sanity looking at that picture.