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No, you’re not looking at a toon character.. this little creature that is smiling (well at least that seems smiling) to you is a Banded Piglet Squid (Helicocranchia pfefferi), a small squid that lives at depths of more than 100m (300ft).
This “happy” specimen, photographed by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's director Mike Schaat, has developed what appears to be a smiley face, caused by a particular alignment of skinpigments…Obviously Piglet Squid's name derives from its appearance but I think that in this picture, more than a piglet lookalike, it's a clone of Gonzo the great, the famous Muppets character!
Too cute!

No, you’re not looking at a toon character.. this little creature that is smiling (well at least that seems smiling) to you is a Banded Piglet Squid (Helicocranchia pfefferi), a small squid that lives at depths of more than 100m (300ft).


This “happy” specimen, photographed by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's director Mike Schaat, has developed what appears to be a smiley face, caused by a particular alignment of skinpigments

Obviously Piglet Squid's name derives from its appearance but I think that in this picture, more than a piglet lookalike, it's a clone of Gonzo the great, the famous Muppets character!

Too cute!

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 Source seawayblog.blogspot.co.uk