#1 Vampyroteuthis infernalis (Phylum Mollusca, Class Cephalopoda, SubClass Coleoidea, Superorder Octopodiformes, Order Vampyromorphida, Family Vampyroteuthidae)
You’re alone and chill runs through your body not just because of the cold but because of the profound darkness that surrounds you. In the distance, a faint light attracts you. You move closer. Several pulses of faint blue color call to you. You are close to them now mesmerized by their pattern and glow. All of sudden something touches your face and pulls you closer to the lights. You feel blood dripping down your skull. OMG, IT’S EATING YOUR FACE AND CHOMPING ON YOUR BRAIN!
What’s not to love about the vampire squid? Not really squid and not really octopod, it is sort of the bastard child of both. As the only known surviving member of its order, it is forever shunned to the deep to live the reminder of its life. It is truly Satan spawn and rightly named Vampyroteuthis infernalis or VAMPIRE SQUID FROM HELL! The beaks are void of color. Stark white, possible stained with your blood, is the last thing you will see before it eats your brain. The arms are connected with a billowy cape like the blood sucking fiends of Transylvania. The head to arm tip photophores are for counter-illumination, essentially a cloaking device in the murky depths. But the elaborate lighting displays they exhibit suggest these little demons may also use them for
mating rituals and hunting sex and violence.
Thus, this little demonic creature is the fitting end to our countdown of the 27 Best Deep-Sea Species.