True to its name, this squid has two differently-sized eyes, one much larger than the other. Scientists think the larger eye detects faint light that filters down from above, and the smaller one spots bioluminescence generated in the deep. This squid’s bright red body is covered in tiny spots called photophores—organs that produce light. They allow the cock-eyed squid to become nearly invisible, or may be used to attract mates and curious prey.
We’re displaying amazing deep-sea cephalopods like the cock-eyed squid in Tentacles with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These animals come and go so check our Facebook page for the latest.