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Underwater explorers spot 'googly-eyed' squid on sea floor

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A team of ocean explorers descended into a fit of giggles as they came across a goofy-looking creature in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

The E/V Nautilus was scanning the sea floor off the coast of California recently when it spotted a small squid called Rossia pacifica, also known as the Stubby Squid.

Sitting motionless at the bottom of the ocean, the squid was small and purple with large eyes that resemble those plastic googly eyes that are a staple of children's crafts.

And because scientists are only human after all, they had a hard time taking the googly-eyed creature seriously.

"It's like some little kid dropped their toy!" one person can be heard saying on a YouTube video as the team erupts into laughter.

The E/V Nautilus team posted on YouTube that although the Rossia pacifica looks like a cross between an octopus and a squid, it's actually more closely related to cuttlefish.

Stubby squid live in the northern Pacific Ocean from Japan to Southern California and spend their lives on the sea floor.

This particular squid was found at a depth of nearly 3,000 feet below the surface.

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