Bobtail squid have a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria which inhabit a special light organ in the squid’s mantle. The bacteria are fed a sugar and amino acid solution by the squid and in return hide the squid’s silhouette when viewed from below by matching the amount of light hitting the top of the mantle.
What a wonderful thing nature is.
OH MY GOD
LOOK AT THEM THEY LOOK LIKE LITTLE PSYCHEDELIC JELLYBEANS AAH THE ONE ON THE BOTTOM MIDDLE ALL CURLED UP LIKE A SLEEPY KITTY.
THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I’VE SEEN ON MY DASH ALL WEEK
OH MY GOD NOW I HAVE TO TAG THESE BABIES AS PSYCHEDELIC JELLYBEANS FOREVER HOW CAN I PASS UP THAT BEAUTIFUL TERM
The Bobtail Squid. Pretty little thing. Bobtail Squids are an order of cephalopods known as Sepiolida. Their vibrant colours are partly because of the symbiotic relationship they have with bioluminescent bacteria, and partly because of the pigments they, like many other cephalopods have in their tissues. Growing between 1-8 cms, and live in shallow waters of the Pacific.