Its Latin name translates as “the vampire squid from hell.” And while crimson skin and glowing eyes support its title, deep sea ecologists like Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have come to see the vampire squid as the antithesis of a bloodsucking predator. In fact, researchers have discovered that Vampyroteuthis infernalis is actually a gentle steward of the ocean’s depths, gracefully foraging on marine detritus.
**This post was updated on June 17, 2016, to correct a misspelling of Bruce Robison’s name.
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