Is this the silliest looking creature ever or what?
So in 2015, a team of 30 or so scientists formed an underwater exploration team dubbed the E/V Nautilus.
This stubby squid was seen off the shore of California in 2016 near the end of the exploration, and brought the voyage to a joyous (side-splitting) conclusion. (Go to about 0:37 if you want to skip to the hysterics.)
You can hear the group of scientists shout “whoa!” as they happen upon the little purple guy, which one of them says looks like a toy “some little kid dropped.”
“It looks fake,” another scientist comments.
“It’s a cuttlefish,” one scientist explains. “He’s a cuddle-fish!” another one says.
This year the team will launch their third year of explorations, and who knows what they will find?
In 2014, scientists say they identified almost 1,500 new species in the world’s oceans, and that number continues to increase.