Strange squid with human-like "teeth"

 Tree Tolimages Promachspcoral Apparently, this is real. Species: Promachoteuthis sulcus. According to the Tree of Life Web project, the single specimen is 25 mm and was captured at a depth of nearly 2000 meters in the south Atlantic Ocean off Tristan Da Cunha.

Previously on BB:
• The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss Link


  1. I think the stars are right… It’s time to prepare for coming of the Great Old Ones… Their servants are surfacing… Ia ia!

  2. They reproduce by latching into the face of a suitable host and depositing their embryo in the digestive tract.

  3. omg I cannot stop looking at this. You guys really need to post something cute and cuddly (and I’m not talking about a squirrel with spider legs) to counteract this. Thanks for the nightmares!

  4. Ha – terrifying inch-long monsters of the deep…

    note from the g/f, who studied squids in a previous lifetime:

    “I think that’s an illusion. Squid have sharp beaks, and i think that the ‘teeth’ are really soft tissue (like suckers or something) that are striped and make it look like a nice smile.”

  5. >>Strange squid with human-like “teeth”

    You could easily substitute the name of any omnivorous/herbivorous animal for “human” in that sentence.

    Yes, it’s odd that it has teeth that seem to be adapted for grinding rather than pinching/biting, but it’s a stretch to say they’re “human-like.”

  6. I e-mailed the professor who took this photo because i really wanted to know what these “human-like” teeth were made of…and he said the following:

    “The “teeth” in the photograph of the squid are caused by folds in the lips. The lips consist of soft, fleshy tissue that surrounds the beaks. The full ring of the lips is not visible in the photograph, just the top and bottom of the ring which gives the impression of upper and lower sets of teeth. Also the beaks cannot be seen as they are dark and the exposure was made for the lighter tissues. It had never occurred to me that the lips could be interpreted as teeth. I’m traveling at the moment; when I return to Hawaii, I’ll add something to the figure caption to clarify this.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Best wishes,

  7. cant you all see it the teeth are squared but will grow longer and rub against each othe making them sharp and it will grow much larger the 2 larger tenticals are for breaking the smaller, for grabing. the common name for it nowadays would be Kracken, or leviathan

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