The Vampire Squid is a small cephalopod that makes its home in deep areas of the sea.
"Easily recognised by its wing-shaped fins, eight arms and two extended thread-like organs. It raises its tentacles to cover its body in a defensive posture when it feels threatened.
It has several light-producing organs and can release a viscous luminescent fluid from the tips of its tentacles. It uses these abilities freely to defend itself from predators by diverting their attention.
Its scientific name, vampyroteuthis infernalis, literally means 'vampire squid from ----. However, this species is not a squid, nor does it suck.blood, so the scientific name probably comes from its appearance.
Incidentally, although it is not a squid, it isn't an octopus either. It is a creature closely related to the ancestors of squids and octopuses."
These small squids float around in small, loose groups, swimming slowly and staying close to their cavernous home. When poked, they 'shake' their tentacles in protest. They are bioluminescent, but this happens with a seemingly random pattern.
- The Fiend's Cave in the first game is also the home of a much larger squid, so perhaps they felt the presence of a 'family member' of sorts and decided to make their homes there because of it.
- This squid is a species that lives so deep in the ocean that hardly any other cephalopods are able to live there due to the low oxygen levels. However, this species is able to function and breathe normally in oxygen concentrations much lower than should be possible.
- Reports say that this creature is hard to obtain for study, as they are often injured during capture, and they survive for a fairly short time (only two months) in captivity. However, California's Monterey Bay Aquarium rather recently (in May of 2014) became the first ever to put this species on cisplay.