Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid Spotted 3,000 Feet Under the Sea off California Coast

The cartoonish purple sea creature had scientists doing double takes.

August 16, 2016, 4:04 PM

— -- A googly-eyed stubby squid was recently spotted nearly 3,000 feet under the sea off the coast of California.

The tiny purple squid was caught on video last week by a team of scientific explorers aboard the E/V Nautilus, according to Susan Poulton, a spokeswoman for Nautilus Live.

In the video, several researchers can be heard laughing at the funny-looking sea creature.

"He has weird eyes," one says.

"Yo! What is that?" another asks.

The odd-looking creature is scientifically known as Rossia pacifica, Poulton told ABC News today.

The squid "spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage," she said, adding that it leaves its "eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish."